12 Phenomenal Books…Written by Women Doctors

This series was conceived with the number 12 in mind….

An easily attainable number it seemed then.

12 female doctor-writers should not be a tall order

…or so I presumed.

 

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My misguided assumption was quickly dispelled…

I discovered more than 30 excellent books…

All deserving of the accolade phenomenal

 

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But this left me with a little conundrum!

So many great books….

All worthy of review…

But a series limited to only 12!

 

 

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It was easy to remove 4 books from the list…

All previously reviewed on this blog…

Excused, so to say, for being super-phenomenal.

 

 Diagnosis 

by Lisa Sanders

 

The Other Side 

by Kate Granger

 

The Bright Side

by Kate Granger

 

What Doctors Feel

by Danielle Ofri

 

 

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But the shortlist is still too long

So I conjured up a set of criteria:

A phenomenal book must be practice-enhancing

And conception shattering

And perhaps also life-altering.

 

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With these guidelines in hand…

I regretfully set aside 17 excellent books.

But these live to fight another day

Possibly subjects of future review series.

 

All in a Doctor’s Day

by Lucia Gannon

 

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

by Katrina Firlik

 

Body of Work

by Christine Montross

 

Brainstorm

by Suzanne O’Sullivan

 

Dementia Reimagined

by Tia Powell

 

Flight Risk

by Stephanie Green

 

Gut

by Giulia Enders

 

Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives

by Pamela Grim

 

My Patients and Me

by Jane Little

 

On Call 

by Emily Transue

 

The Woman with a Worm in Her Head

by Pamela Nagami

 

The Male Brain

by Louann Brizendine

 

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

by Michelle Au

 

Treatment Kind and Fair

by Perri Klass

 

Voices in the Band

by Susan Ball

 

White Coat

by Ellen Rothman

 

You Can Stop Humming Now

by Daniela Lamas

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At last then…

In a subjective order of excellence

Each bringing a unique touch to clinical medicine:

12 phenomenal books written by women doctors.

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12. The Prison Doctor 

by Amanda Brown

 

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11. Your Life in My Hands

by Rachel Clarke

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10. Breaking and Mending

by Joanna Cannon

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9. The Female Brain

by Louann Brizendine

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8. It’s All in Your Head

by Suzanne O’Sullivan

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7. Final Exam

by Pauline Chen

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6. What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

by Danielle Ofri

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5. With the End in Mind

by Kathryn Mannix

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4. In Shock

by Rana Awdish

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3. God’s Hotel

by Victoria Sweet

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2. Kitchen Table Wisdom

by Rachel Remen

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1. Direct Red

by Gabriel Weston

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Every ‘top‘ list is ultimately a subjective assessment…

So over the next few weeks I will review each book…

Hopefully to justify my choices.

 

Others will however have different points of view…

So please feel free to comment

And drop a good word

For your favourite books!

10 thoughts on “12 Phenomenal Books…Written by Women Doctors

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for this great list.
    I would like to add ‘The Hospital by The River’ by Dr Catherine Hamlin, published 2001.
    She and her husband set up the Addis Ababa Obstetric Fistula hospital in Ethiopia as their lives’ work, and transformed the lives of tens of thousands of women suffering from obstetric fistula.

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  2. Consider adding Recapturing Joy in Medicine (2019)! I wrote it to inspire and empower us to be who we are, and to experience greater fulfillment, meaning, and joy in medicine and in life. An unexpected journey to the “other side of healthcare” interrupted the writing process, transforming the book AND its author! The resulting unique, hands-on, heartwarming narrative is a practical and uplifting companion to a physician’s practice and physicians in training. Check it out and tell your friends. We all need the encouragement!

    “It’s like chicken soup for the physician’s soul!” (K. Barton, MD)

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  3. I have just published ‘How to Grow a Grown Up’ (PenguinRandomHouse) to help parents raise independent and resilient young adults in the 21st century- after 20 years of being a university GP! The reviews seem to suggest people like it, and it is meeting an unmet need. Thank you

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