Where are the best book lists for doctors?

The Doctors Bookshelf is all about recommending books which all doctors should read. It has a focus on topics such as patient safetyhuman 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.

 

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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.

Medscape

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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:

Best Books By Physicians

Books Written By Physicians

Top Books for Doctors

Best Medical Nonfiction Books for Doctors

Fiction Reading for Doctors

 

Good Reads

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:

Doctors Book List Books By Physicians about Medical Practice.

Books Written By Physicians

Compelling Medical Memoirs

History of Medicine

 

Newspapers

Newspapers B&W (5). Jon S on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/62693815@N03/6277209256
Newspapers B&W (5). Jon S on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/62693815@N03/6277209256

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

Blogs

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Several online blogs have interesting book lists, and below are a selection:

The OUPBlog: 10 Medically-trained Authors Whose Books All Doctors Should Read 

BrainPickings: The Life of the Mind: Oliver Sacks’s 121 Formative and Favorite Books from a Lifetime of Reading

Delivering Digital Drugs: Books about the future of medicine, digital doctors, patient safety etc.

Medical Books: Medical Books Update

Business Websites

books in a stack (a stack of books). Evan Bench on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637
books in a stack (a stack of books). Evan Bench on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637

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

Personal Development

Domesday Books. Andrew Barclay on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/electropod/3167236184
Domesday Books. Andrew Barclay on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/electropod/3167236184

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

Wall of Books. Benuski on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/benuski/3502143020
Wall of Books. Benuski on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/benuski/3502143020

Do you have a powerful book list? Please share it here.

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