Medical Narratives to Examine

These books deal with issues beyond the science of medicine. They discuss the more subjective ethical, historical, and personal aspects of healing and illness; life and death. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Au, Michelle. This Won't Hurt a Bit: And Other White Lies - My Education in Medicine and Motherhood. 2011. (610.92 A).

Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist: Doctor-writers Share Their Experiences. 2010. (610.92 B).

Brawley, Otis Webb. How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America. 2012. (362.10973 B).

Broyard, Anatole. Intoxicated By My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death. 1992. (362.19699463 B).

Carter, Zoe Fitzgerald. Imperfect Endings: a Daughter's Tale of Life and Death.
2010. (616.858445 C).

Chen, Pauline. Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality. 2007. (617.092 C).

Cousins, Norman. Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration. 1979. (362.19677 C).

Eule, Brian. Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors. 2009. (610.922 E).

Gawande, Atul. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. 2009. (610.289 G).

Gillies, Andrea. Keeper: One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer's. 2009. (616.831 G).

Glasser, Ronald. The Light in the Skull: an Odyssey of Medical Discovery.
1997. (610.9 G).

Graboys, Thomas. Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia. 2008. (B G7288Li).

Groopman, Jerome. Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You. 2011.
(610 G).
     Also available: CD

Hager, Thomas. The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor’s Heroic Search for the World’s First Miracle Drug. 2006.
(615.2723 H).

Jauhar, Sandeep. Intern: A Doctor's Initiation. 2008. (610.92 J).

Kolata, Gina Bari. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It. 1999. (614.51809 K).

Lax, Eric. The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle.
2004. (615.32923 L).

Magliato, Kathy. Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon.
2010. (617.412092 M).

Martensen, Robert L. A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-tech Era. 2008. (616 M).

Montross, Christine. Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab. 2007. (611 M).

Morris, Charles B. The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center. 2007.
(617.092 M).

Nuland, Sherwin B. The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being.
2007. (305.26 N).
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Ofri, Danielle. Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients. 2010. (610.92 O).

Oshinsky, David M. Polio: An American Story. 2005. (614.549 O).

Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. 2003. (611 R).
     Also available: CD

Sacks, Oliver. The Mind’s Eye. 2010. (616.855 S).
     Also available: CD

The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death.
2006. (610.922 S).

Sweet, Victoria. God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. 2012. (610.92 S).

Watts, David. The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales from the Doctor's Office. 2009. (610.696 W).

Willrich, Michael. Pox: An American History. 2011. (614.5210973 W).

Wong, Lisa. Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine. 2012. (615.85154 W).

Writer, M.D. : the Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors. 2012.
(610.922 W).