Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery Author: Henry Marsh Synopsis This is perhaps the most brutally honest portrait of medicine one is likely to come across. It is written by a neurosurgeon who is unafraid to speak his mind, and who infuses every chapter with candour and disdain for convention. The… Read More Do No Harm
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… Read More Where are the best book lists for doctors?
Cutting for Stone Author: Abraham Verghese SYNOPSIS This is a fascinating family saga written by a professor of Medicine whose Indian heritage and Ethiopian background permeate the book. He tells a tale which crosses the generations, and traverses several continents. Set in a missionary hospital in Addis Ababa, the story reaches back in time to colonial India, and accelerates to… Read More Cutting for Stone
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Author: Atul Gawande BOOK CONTENTS This book propelled the humble checklist to wide prominence and established the author, a surgeon and writer, as a leader of the patient safety movement. His delightful narrative style was evident from the start with the anecdote of ‘… a guy who… Read More The Checklist Manifesto
How Doctors Think Author: Jerome Groopman BOOK CONTENTS Written by a leading physician, this book explores the vulnerabilities of doctors’ thinking; it is ‘…a book about what goes on in a doctor’s mind as he or she treats a patient’ (page 3). It is one of the few books to bring the limitations of doctors’… Read More How Doctors Think