10 Non-Academic Books For Med Students (That You Won’t Have Time To Read)

If you have ever time to read for fun again, you might want to throw these on your night table! Feel free to add YOUR favorites in the comments or tweet them us @almostdocs

1. The House of God, Samuel Shem, M.D.

Think your internship is bad? Think again.



2. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

Conjoined twins, separated, grow up surrounded by medical professionals, have many feels.



 3. Still Alice, Lisa Genova

Brilliant Harvard Professor gets early-onset Alzheimer’s. Plot twist: she’s telling the story in first person narration.



4. Harvest, Tess Gerritsen

Bad doctors. Bad, bad, bad doctors.


5. Midwives, Chris Bohjalian

So, is this midwife a murderer or…



6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kasey

Psychiatry rotation, eh?  Ya already know how this one ends.



7.  Turn Of Mind, Alice LaPlante

I know there’s already one unreliable doc-with-Alzheimer’s narrator on this list but this one’s a murder mystery!



8. Healer, Carol Cassella

Medicine and a gripping love story? Lemme at it.



9. Going Bovine, Libba Bray

Okay, it’s YA Fiction but the girl has Mad Cow Disease!



10. The Emperor of Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Okay, this one is serious and practically a textbook but if you’re a med student and you haven’t read it yet, it’s the definitive “biography” of cancer so,  you know: make time.


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