After keeping up the book reviews for a while, I decided to look around for what books others are recommending for doctors. The first port of call is the BMJ which runs a series called BMJ Confidential. It interviews people it calls ‘movers and shakers‘ in healthcare. One of the 24 questions asked is : What book should every doctor read?
I went through the whole series, curious to know what books the healthcare leaders suggest, and which were the most popular.
There were 68 book recommendations ranging from healthcare to fiction. Eight books were suggested by more than one person. Here is the countdown of these 8 most recommended books.
BOOK WITH 2 RECOMMENDATIONS EACH
Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare by John Ballatt and Penelope Campling
The House of God by Samuel Shem
BOOKS WITH 3 RECOMMENDATIONS EACH
THE MOST POPULAR BOOK (WITH 5 RECOMMENDATIONS)
The full list has quite a few revealing and surprising choices. The reasons given to support the recommendations are even more interesting. Whilst I was at it, I also analysed the spread of specialties of the healthcare leaders, and this was curious to say the least. I may just write to the BMJ with a full analysis-perhaps it may get into the Christmas edition!
In the meantime back to the routine; working on my next book review: The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error by Sidney Dekker