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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
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A compassionate look at how the medical industry currently handles aging, terminal illness, and end-of-life issues. Often medical professionals ignore quality of life, or a person's overall well-being, in favor of more treatments. There are no easy... (read more)

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On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with... (read more)

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The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
by Norman Doidge
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in neuroplasticity In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four... (read more)

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande
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The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they... (read more)

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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
by Atul Gawande
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Who among us hasn't trembled at the very prospect of entering a doctor's office? It should give us all comfort, then, that bestselling author, general surgeon, and MacArthur Fellow Atul Gawande has written Better, a book that challenges surgeons to... (read more)

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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
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With compassion and candor, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon's life... (read more)

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman
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"Ms. Fadiman tells her story with a novelist's grace, playing the role of cultural broker, comprehending those who do not comprehend each other and perceiving what might have been done or said to make the outcome different." --Richard Berstein, The New... (read more)

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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
by Atul Gawande
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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpels edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is&#8212... (read more)

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Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
by Martin J. Blaser
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"Missing Microbes presents a surprisingly clear perspective on a complex problem."—The Philadelphia Inquirer In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years... (read more)

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
by Oliver Sacks
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In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimers disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotards syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of... (read more)

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande
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A New York Times Bestseller In latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it. The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet... (read more)

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The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations Into the Strange New Science of the Self
The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations Into the Strange New Science of the Self
by Anil Ananthaswamy
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In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimers disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotards syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of... (read more)

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Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
by Sandeep Jauhar
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In his acclaimed memoir Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. Doctored, his harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending... (read more)

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Alpha Docs: The Making of a Cardiologist
Alpha Docs: The Making of a Cardiologist
by Dan Munoz, M.d.
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"Muñoz recounts his year as a cardiology fellow at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Hospital, in this memoir of his search for more experience and wisdom — and his place in medicine. He finds that the fellowship is 'all about focus' as he... (read more)

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Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
by Judy Melinek and T. J. Mitchell
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The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases — hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex — that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Just... (read more)

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Awakenings
Awakenings
by Oliver Sacks
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Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were... (read more)

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Every Patient Tells a Story (09 Edition)
Every Patient Tells a Story (09 Edition)
by Lisa Sanders
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The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye
by Oliver Sacks
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Oliver Sacks, as fascinating, empathetic, and formidably talented as always, focuses on six individuals who've lost what we think of as essential abilities, including reading, face recognition, and speech. The Mind's Eye is a mesmerizing and exhilarating... (read more)

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Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories
Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories
by Terrence Holt
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Out of the crucible of medical training, award-winning writer Terrence Holt shapes this stunning account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. "Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of... (read more)

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One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
by Brendan Reilly
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Told by a unique voice in American medicine, this epic story recounts life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician, and is described by The New York Times as “a true service [to history]. Dr. Reilly deserves a resounding... (read more)

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