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Boatwright Memorial Library

HEALTH STUDIES RESEARCH GUIDE: Selected Books in Medical Humanities

Selected books in the medical humanities & available at UR

This collection began with Cynthia Merrill, MD and past professor of the medical humanities at UR:

  • AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame  /  Paul Farmer
  • Against the Odds: Blacks in the Profession of Medicine in the United States  /  Wilbur Watson
  • Alex: The Life of a Child  /  Frank Deford
  • Altered Conditions: Disease, Medicine, and Storytelling  /  Julia Epstein
  • An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales  /  Oliver Sacks
  • Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient  /  Norman Cousins
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside  /  Katrina Firlik
  • Articulations: The Body and Illness in Poetry  /  Jon Mukand, ed.
  • As I Live and Breathe: Notes of a Patient-doctor  /  Jamie Weisman
  • At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness  /  Arthur Frank
  • Attending Children: A Doctor's Education  /  Margaret Mohrmann
  • Awakenings  /  Oliver Sacks
     
  • Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment   /  James Jones
  • The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James   /  Ian Williams
  • Bad Science  /  Ben Goldacre
  • The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions  /  Esther Sternberg
  • A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics  /  Sylvia Nasar
  • Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School  /  Melvin Konner
  • Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story  /  Paul Monette
  • Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer  /  David Watts
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance  /  Atul Gawande
  • Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream  /  Carl Elliott
  • Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses  /  Cortney Davis  /  Cortney Davis, ed.
  • The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures Since 1915  /  Martin Pernick
  • Blacks, Medical Schools, and Society  /  James Curtis
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking  /  Malcolm Gladwell
  • Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures  /  Vincent Lam
  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution  /  Holly Tucker
  • The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients  /  Sonia Shah
  • The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World  /  Elaine Scarry
  • Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab  /  Christine Montross
  • The Body Silent  /  Robert Murphy
  • Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir  /  Karl Greenfeld
     
  • The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination  /  Robert Coles
  • The Cancer Journals  /  Audre Lorde
  • Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity  /  Jennifer Ackerman
  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds  /  Sanjay Gupta
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right  /  Atul Gawande
  • Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey  /  Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Citadel  /  Archibald Joseph Cronin
  • Classic Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of the Cases That Have Shaped Medical Ethics, with Philosophical, Legal,   and Historical Backgrounds  /  Gregory Pence
  • Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine  /  Albert Johnsen
  • Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness  /  Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science  /  Atul Gawande
  • Conduct Unbecoming a Woman: Medicine on Trial in Turn-of-the-Century Brooklyn  /  Regina Morantz-Sanchez
  • Confronting AIDS through Literature: The Responsibilities of Representation  /  Judith Pastore, ed.
  • Conversations on the Edge: Narratives of Ethics and Illness  /  Richard Zaner
  • The Country Doctor Revisited: A Twenty-First Century Reader  /  Therese Zink, ed.
  • Covering the Plague: AIDS and the American Media  /  James Kinsella
  • Culture, Health and Illness  /  Cecil Helman
  • The Culture of Pain  /  David Morris
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  /  Mark Haddon
  • Cutting for Stone  /  Abraham Verghese
     
  • Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair  /  Hilde Nelson
  • Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist
  • Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine  /  Rock Brynner
  • Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All  /  Paul Offit
  • Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History  /  Dorothy Crawford
  • Deadly Dinner Party and Other Medical Detective Stories  /  Jonathan Edlow
  • Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans  /  Wendell Potter
  • Death, Dissection and the Destitute  /  Ruth Richardson
  • Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic  /  Kate Scannell
  • The Desire to Heal: A Doctor's Education in empathy, Identity, and Poetry  /  Rafael Campo
  • Devices & Desires: Gender, Technology, and American Nursing  /  Margarete Sandelowski
  • Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia  /  Pamela Wagner
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery  /  Henry Marsh
  • The Doctor Stories  /  Richard Selzer
  • The Doctor Stories  /  William Carlos Williams
  • A Doctor's Life: Unique Stories  /  William Close
  • Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War  /  George Adams
  • Doctors: The Biography of Medicine  /  Sherwin Nuland
  • Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service  /  H. H. Cunningham
  • Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education  /  Suzanne Poirier
  • Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah  /  Peter Dans
  • "Doctors Wanted: No Women Need Apply:" Sexual Barriers in the Medical Profession, 1835-1975  /  Mary Walsh
  • The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis  /  Sherwin Nuland
  • Doctors Talking with Patients/Patients Talking with Doctors: Improving Communication in Medical Visits  /  Debra Roter
  • Dying to Drink: Confronting Binge Drinking on College Campuses  /  Henry Wechsler
     
  • Emergency Room: Lives Saved and Lost: Doctors Tell Their Stories  /  Dan Sachs, ed.
  • Empathy and the Practice of Medicine: Beyond Pills and the Scalpel  / Howard Spiro, ed.
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer  /  Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Essays in Medical Sociology: Journeys into the Field  /  Renee Fox
  • Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine  /  Bonnie Steinbock, ed.
  • Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine  /  Jody Heymann
  • Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis  /  Lisa Sanders
     
  • The Fifty-minute Hour: A Collection of True Psychoanalytic Tales  /  Robert Lindner
  • Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality  /  Pauline Chen
  • First, Do No Harm  /  Lisa Belkin
  • For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Esperts' Advice to Women  /  Barbara Ehenreich
  • Fourteen Stories:  Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers  /  Jay Baruch
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story  /  Cecil Murphey
     
  • Haiti After the Earthquake  /  Paul Farmer
  • The Healing Arts: An Oxford Illustrated Anthology  /  R. S. Downie, ed.
  • Healing Arts in Dialogue: Medicine and Literature  /  Joanne Trautman
  • Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience  /  Cheryl Mattingly
  • The Healing Mind: The Vital Links Between Brain and Behavior, Immunity and Disease  /  Paul Martin
  • Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work  /  David Hilfiker
  • Health, Disease and Illness: Concepts in Medicine  /  Arthur Caplan, ed.
  • Health Humanities  /  Peter Crawford
  • Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago  /  Eric Klinenberg
  • Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman
  • Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor  /  Sayantani DasGupta
  • Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine  /  David Newman
  • Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids  /  Julie Salamon
  • Hot Lights, Cold Steel:  Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years  /  Michael Collins
  • The House of God  /  Samuel Shem
  • How Doctors Think  /  Jerome Groopman
  • How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine  /  Kathryn Montgomery
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter  /  Sherwin Nuland
  • Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics 
  • The Human Side of Medicine: Learning What It's Like to Be a Patient and What It's Like to Be a Physician  /  Laurence Savett
     
  • I Know This Much is True  /  Wally Lamb
  • Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age  /  David Morris
  • Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors  /  Susan Sontag
  • The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition  /  Arthur Kleinman
  • Imagine What It's Like: A Literature and Medicine Anthology  /  Ruth Nadelhaft, ed.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  /  Rebecca Skloot
  • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom  /  Qanta Ahmed
  • Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine  /  Danielle Ofri
  • Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues  /  Paul Farmer
  • Intern: A Doctor's Initiation  /  Sandeep Jauhar
  • The Intern Blues  /  Robert Marion
  • Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes  /  Robert Wachter
  • Interpreter of Maladies: Stories  /  Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death  /  Anatole Broyard
  • Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action  /  Merrill Singer
     
  • Judith's Pavilion: The Haunting Memories of a Neurosurgeon  /  Marc Flitter
     
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal  /  Rachel Remen
     
  • The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying  /  Lynn DeSpelder
  • The Last Lecture  /  Randy Pausch
  • The Last Passage: Recovering a Death of Our Own  /  Donald Heinz
  • The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine  /  Carl Elliott
  • The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis  /  Maggie Black
  • Learning to Play God: The Coming of Age of a Young Doctor  /  Robert Marion
  • A Leg to Stand On  /  Oliver Sacks
  • Let Me Listen to Your Heart: Writings by Medical Students  /  David Svahn
  • A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology  /  Robert Coles, ed.
  • Listening to Prozac  /  Peter Kramer
  • Literary Anatomies: Women's Bodies and Health in Literature  /  Delese Wear
  • Literature and Aging: An Anthology  /  Martin Kohn, ed.
  • The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness  /  Michael Stein
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's  /  John Robison
  • The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine  /  Bernard Lown
     
  • Magic, Science, and Health: The Aims and Achievements of Medical Anthropology  /  Robert Anderson
  • Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America  /  Laurie Abraham
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales  /  Oliver Sacks
  • The Measure of Our Days: A Spiritual Exploration of Illness  /  Jerome Groopman
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present  /  Harriet Washington
  • Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome  /  Robert Adler
  • Medical Sociology  /  William Cockerham
  • Medicine and Slavery: The Diseases and Health Care of Blacks in Antebellum Virginia  /  Todd Savitt
  • Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope  /  Margaret Mohrmann
  • Medicine at the Crossroads: The Crisis in Healthcare  /  Melvin Konner
  • Medicine, Motherhood and Mercy: The Story of a Black Woman Doctor  /  Sister Scally
  • Medicine, Rationality, and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective  /  Byron Good
  • Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer  /  Susan Gubar
  • The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine  /  Jerome Lowenstein
  • Migraine  /  Oliver Sacks
  • Mortal Embrace: Living with AIDS  /  Emmanuel Dreuilhe
  • Mortal Lessons:  Notes on the Art of Surgery  /  Richard Selzer
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World  /  Tracy Kidder
  • Multicultural Medicine and Health Disparities  /  David Satcher, ed.
  • My Own Country: A Doctor's Story  /  Abraham Verghese
  • My Sister's Keeper  /  Jodi Picoult
  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey  /  Jill Taylor
     
  • Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing  /  Cheryl Mattingly, ed.
  • Narrative Based Medicine: Dialogue and Discourse in Clinical Practice  /  Trisha Greenhalgh, ed.
  • Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy  /  Fitzhugh Mullan
  • Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness  /  Rita Charon
  • The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide  /  Robert Lifton
  • Ninth Street Notebook: Voice of a Nurse in the City  /  Veneta Masson
  • No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States Since 1880  /  Allan Brandt
  • Normal at Any Cost: Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height  /  Susan Cohen
  • Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor  /  David Hilfiker
  • A Not Entirely Benign Procedure  /  Perri Klass
     
  • On Apology  /  Aaron Lazare
  • On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency  /  Emily Transure
  • On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays  /  Richard Reynolds, ed.
  • One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine  /  Brendan Reilly
  • One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient  /  David Biro
  • One Word  /  Marc Straus
  • Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health  /  Gilbert Welch
     
  • Pain as Human Experience: An Anthropological Perspective  /  Mary-Jo Good, ed.
  • Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith  /  Margaret Mohrmann, ed.
  • Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader  /  Haun Saussy, ed.
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor  /  Paul Farmer
  • Patient, Heal thyself: How the New Medicine Puts the Patient in Charge  /  Robert Veatch
  • Patients and Doctors: Life-Changing Stories from Primary Care  /  Jeffrey Borkan
  • Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture: An Exploration of the Borderland between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry  /  Arthur Kleinman
  • The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War  /  Eileen Welsome
  • Privilege in the Medical Academy: A Feminist Examines Gender, Race, and Power  /  Delese Wear
     
  • Raising Lazarus: A Memoir  /  Robert Pensack
  • Regarding the Pain of Others  /  Susan Sontag
  • Rehab at the Florida Avenue Grill  /  Veneta Masson
  • The Renewal of Generosity  /  Arthur Frank
  • Rethinking Psychiatry: From Cultural Category to Personal Experience  /  Arthur Kleinman
  • Return to The House of God: Medical Resident Education 1978-2008  /  Martin Kohn, ed.
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls  /  Mary Pipher
     
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing  /  Lori Alvord
  • A Scream Goes Through the House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life  /  Arnold Weinstein
  • A Second Opinion: Rescuing America's Health Care  /  Arnold Relman
  • Second Opinions: Eight Clinical Dramas of Decision Making on the Front Lines of Medicine  /  Jerome Groopman
  • The Screaming Room: A Mother's Journal of Her Son's Struggle with AIDS  /  Barbara Peabody
  • Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf  /  Oliver Sacks
  • Sick to Death and Not Going to Take It Anymore! Reforming health Care for the Last Years of Life  /  Joanne Lynn
  • The Silent World of Doctor and Patient  /  Jay Katz
  • Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue  /  Danielle Ofri
  • Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic  /  Jonny Steinberg
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio  /  Peg Kehret
  • The Social Medicine Reader  /  Gail Henderson, ed.
  • The Social Medicine Reader: Health Policy, Markets, and Medicine  /  Jonathan Oberlander, ed.
  • The Social Medicine Reader: Patients, Doctors, and Illness  /  Nancy King, ed.
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine  /  Paul Starr
  • Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER  /  Paul Austin
  • The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death  /  Susan Pories
  • The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside  /  Sherwin Nuland
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down:  A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures  /  Anne Fadiman
  • Stories of Sickness  /  Howard Brody
  • Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics  /  Rita Charon
  • Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis  /  Kathryn Rhett, ed.
  • Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor  /  Peter Selwyn
  • Sympathy & Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine  /  Regina Morantz-Sanchez
     
  • The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit  /  Melvin Konner
  • The Tennis Partner  /  Abraham Verghese
  • This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine  /  Eliza Lo Chin
  • Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell  /  Paul Lombardo
  • Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care  /  Kenneth Ludmerer
  • Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief  /  Herbert Benson
  • To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System  /  Institute of Medicine
  • Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament  /  Kay Jamison
  • Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs  /  Leon Kass
  • Trials, Tribulations, and Celebrations: African-American Perspectives on Health, Illness, Aging and Loss  /  Marian Secundy, ed.
  • Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine  /  Simon Singh
  • Troubled Voices: Stories of Ethics and Illness  /  Richard Zaner
  • Tuskegee's Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study  /  Susan Reverby
  • Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital  /  Eric Manheimer
  • 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa  /  Stephanie Nolen
     
  • A Very Easy Death  /  Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Virtues in Medical Practice  /  Edmund Pellegrino
  • Vital Lines: Contemporary Fiction About Medicine  /  Jon Mukand, ed.
     
  • Waist-high in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled  /  Nancy Mairs
  • What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors  /  Kevin Takakuwa, ed.
  • What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey  /  Audrey Young
  • What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life Amidst Uncertainty and Danger  /  Arthur Kleinman
  • When a Doctor Hates a Patient and Other Chapters in a Young Physician's Life  /  Richard Peschel
  • When Breath Becomes Air  /  Paul Kalanithi
  • White Coat - Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine  /  Carl Elliott
  • White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician  /  Fitzhugh Mullan
  • A Whole New Life  /  Reynolds Price
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers  /  Robert Sapolsky
  • Women in Medical Education: An Anthology of Experience  /  Delese Wear
  • Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America  /  Nortin Hadler
  • The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics  /  Arthur Frank
  • Writing at the Margin: Discourse Between Anthropology and Medicine  /  Arthur Kleinman
     
  • The Year of Magical Thinking  /  Joan Didion
     
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values  /  Robert Pirsig
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