The Doctors Bookshelf is all about recommending books which all doctors should read. It has a focus on topics such as patient safety, human factors, leadership, decision making, creativity, and innovation. The scope is however wide, from bench to bedside, from classroom to boardroom. The Bookshelf Sections are therefore quite diverse.
The books I review are mostly self-discovered but I am always on the look out for worthy book recommendations. This explains my foray into BMJ Book recommendations which resulted in my first fiction book review, Cutting for Stone. Who else is out there recommending books for doctors? Here is what I found.
I was impressed, and overwhelmed, by the book lists on Medscape. The books are presented in well-made slide shows, and there are excellent but brief snap-shots of what the books are about. And the icing on the cake, the lists are updated annually. Check out these lists for a taster:
Good Reads is probably the largest Book Club on the web. Whilst it is extensive, there are no synopses to guide choice; you have to plough through readers comments to choose what to read. It however has several lists relevant to doctors such as:
Newspapers are a veritable source of book recommendations. I am sure there are many out there but these two come closest to interesting for doctors:
The Best Brain Science Books from The Telegraph
The 100 Best Nonfiction Books from The Guardian
Several online blogs have interesting book lists, and below are a selection:
Delivering Digital Drugs: Books about the future of medicine, digital doctors, patient safety etc.
Medical Books: Medical Books Update
Doctors need to have a good grounding in business, either healthcare-related or personal. And many business websites give excellent book recommendations. Here is a selection:
Fortune list of Books That Changed My Mind This Year
Business Insider list of The 20 Best Business Books of 2015
Lifehack list of 20 Books to Read Before You Start Your Own Business
And to top it up, what about book suggestions for personal development? Try these:
IDEAS.TED.COM recommends Books to Help You Answer Big Questions About Yourself
From Virgin comes Richard Branson’s Top 65 Books to Read in a Lifetime
Do you have a powerful book list? Please share it here.