4 Summer Reads for the Compassionate Clinician

Book TitlesAfter reading the amazing short story collection “A History of the Present Illness” (go read it now!), I started thinking about tackling similar books on my “To-Read” list. Here are four that I’m looking forward to, linked to their Amazon profiles so you can easily read reviews:

  1. In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America by Laurie Edwards
    “Through research and patient narratives, health writer Laurie Edwards explores patient rights, the role of social media in medical advocacy, the origins of our attitudes about chronic illness, and much more.”
  2. What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri
    “Dr. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring.”
  3. God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet
    God’s Hotel tells the stories of patients from San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospita, as well as “the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern ‘health care facility,’ revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for the body and the soul.
  4. Critical Decisions by Peter Ubel
    “Critical Decisions combines eye-opening medical stories with groundbreaking behavioral science research, while offering important information and common sense solutions to promote better doctor/patient relationships.”

Have you read any of them? What’s on your “To-Read” list?  Comment below!


Brandy King

This post was written by Brandy King, Head of Information Services at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute