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UW Preprofessional Health Advising

Craig Vaske, Manager, Student Advising, MS, M.P.A.

University of Wyoming

College of Health Sciences

Dept. 3432

HS room 230E

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3499

Email: cvaske@uwyo.edu

Reading List

Reading List for Pre-Medical Students

Titles are organized into the following categories:

I. “Must read” 
II. Highly recommended
III. Training
IV. Practice
V. Patients
VI. Hospitals
VII. Tough Decisions
VIII. Aging
IX. Other Perspectives
X. Medical Ethics or Religion/Faith and Medicine
XI. Health Care Issues
XII. History
XIII. Admissions and “Getting In”
XIV. Veterinary
The three following sections are not part of the “reading list”
XV Texts recommended for MCAT Prep and Review
XVI. Journals for Pre-med students
XVII. MCAT preparation
XVIII. Videos

I. ABSOLUTE "MUST READ" FOR ALL PREMEDICAL STUDENTS (according to some health professions advisors).

  • Savett, Laurence A. 2002. The Human Side of Medicine: Learning what it's Like to be a Patient and what it's Like to be a Physician, Auburn House, Westport, CT.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

Note: Students universally enjoy reading this book.

  • Melvin Konner. “Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School.” 1987 Viking Penguin. 390 pp

Available through Prospector. Click here.

II. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PREMED ADVISORS, BUT NOT CATEGORIZED:

  • Alvord, Lori Arviso and Van Pelt, Elizabeth Cohen. 1999. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. Bantam Books.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.
Also available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Bickel, Janet W. 2000. Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing, and Advancing, Vol. 4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (still available in paperback at BN in 2003)

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Butler, Katy. 2014. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Coles, Robert. 1989. The Call of Stories: Teaching and Moral Imagination, Houghton Mifflin Co. Dr. Coles, a psychiatrist, teaches Harvard undergraduates, medical students, and other graduate students the lessons we learn from listening to each other¹s stories.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Fadiman, Anne. 1998. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc. An account of what happened when immigrants for Southeast Asia with a sick child interacted (collided) with the U.S. medical system.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Gawande, Atul. 2014. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End.

Available at UW Libaries. Click here.

  • Groopman, Jerome. 2000. Second Opinion: Stories of Intuition and Choice in the Changing World of Medicine. Viking Press. A series of eight clinical dramas, each with humble lessons for the future physician.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Harper, G., Jain, S., and Pories, Susan. 2006. The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Klass, Perri. 2008. Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.
Also available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Kleinman, Arthur. 1990. The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition, Basic Books. Stories of illness and their meaning to patients and families. Different ways in which physicians deal with patients and change.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Montross, Kristine. 2007. Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Nuland, Sherwin. 2009. The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Remen, Rachel Naomi. 1997. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. Berkeley Publishing, 368p. Using stories from her own practice, a physician who specializes in caring for patients with serious or chronic illness reflects on what she has learned and how one can use those lessons in the therapeutic relationship.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Sweet, Victoria. 2012. God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Thomas, Lewis. 1995. The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher. Viking Penguin.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Verghese, Abraham. 1995. My Own Country: a Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS. Dr. Verghese is a physician specializing in infectious diseases. He writes of his experience caring for patients with AIDS in eastern Tennessee, and also its impact on his personal life.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Verghese, Abraham. 1998. The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Young, Audrey. 2004. What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Young, Audrey. 2009. The House of Hope and Fear.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

III. TRAINING:

  • Becker, Howard S. and others. 1991. Boys in White: Student Culture in Medical School

Available through Prospector. Click here.
Also Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Duncan, David Ewing. Residents: The Perils and Promise of Educating Young Doctors

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Galanti, Geri-Ann. Caring for Patients from Different Cultures: Case Studies from American Hospitals

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Gershenow, R., Ed. The Education of the Osteopathic Physician

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Gawande, Atul. “Complications” This is an interesting collection of one guy’s experiences in surgical residency. It is medically fascinating and informative.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Jones, Bob E. 1978. The difference a D.O. makes: Osteopathic medicine in the twentieth century.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Jones, Rosemary. 1998. Educational and Career Opportunities in Alternative Medicine. Pima Publishing.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Klass, Perri. 1993. Baby Doctor.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Klass, Perri. 1988. A Not Entirely Benign Procedure

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.
Also Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Lassey, Marie L., Lassey, William R. and Jinks, Martin. Health Care Systems around the World: Characteristics, Issues, Reforms

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • LeBaron, Charles. 1981. Gentle Vengeance, Richard Marek Pub., New York

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Lyden, F., Geiger, H., and Peterson, O. The Training of Good Physicians

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Marion, Robert. The Intern Blues

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Marion, Robert. 1991. Learning to Play God: The Coming of Age of a Young Doctor

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Purtilo, Ruth B. and Haddad, Amy. Health Professional and Patient Interaction, 5th Edition

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Rothman, Ellen Lerner. 1999. White Coat: Becoming a Doctor at Harvard Medical

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Schwitzer, Albert. Out of My Life and Thought

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Svahn, David and Kozak, Alan. Eds. 2002. Let me listen to your heart: Writings by medical students. Basset Healthcare. The challenges, frustrations, and rewards that third year medical students discover when they put aside their textbooks and learn to share intimate moments in their patient lives.

IV. PRACTICE, some on medical missions:

  • Adams, Patch and Jacobs, Pamela. House Calls: How We Can All Heal the World One Visit at a Time

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Adams, Patch (with Maureen Mylander). Gesundheit

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Bickel, Janet. Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing, and Advancing

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Bruce Dan. 1988. A Piece of My Mind: A Collection of Essays from JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Carson, Ben. 1990. Gifted Hands, the Ben Carson Story (Christian author)

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Colgrove, Melba, Bloomfield, Harold & McWilliams, Peter. How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Insights into loss, for patients and those involved in their care. Written by a physician, psychologist, and poet.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • D'Antonio, Michael and Magee, Mike. “The Best Medicine” It has advice from both doctors and patients on how to handle different situations, when it comes to connecting with your patients.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Gerber, Lane. 1983. Married to their Careers: Career and Family Dilemmas in Doctors' Lives

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Hale, Thomas. Living Stones of the Himalayas. Zondervan 1993

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Hale, Thomas. On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain. Zondervan 1993
  • Hale, Thomas. Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees. Zondervan 1986
  • Hilfiker, David. 1988. Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at his Work

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Lapierre, Dominique. Beyond Love

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Laster, Leonard. Life after Medical School, Thirty-two Doctors Describe How They Shaped Their Medical Careers

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • McPhee, John. 1988. Heirs of General Practice

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  • Nuland, Sherwin B. Doctors

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Nuland, Sherwin B. How We Die

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Nuland, Sherwin B. The Biography of Medicine

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Oz, Mehmet, and others. 1998. Healing from the Heart, the Power of Complementary Medicine

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Reynolds, Richard & Stone, John, Eds. On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Rosenberg, C. The Care of Strangers.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Selzer, Richard 1982. Letters to a young doctor. Harcourt Brace and Co.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.
Also Available Through Prospector. Click here.

  • Skolnik, N.S. 1996. On the ledge: A doctor's stories from the inner city. Faber and Faber 157 p.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Spiro, Howard and others, Eds. 1993. Empathy and the Practice of Medicine, Beyond the Pill and Scalpel

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Stone, John. 1992. In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Williams, Carlos. 1984. The Doctor Stories

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Zazove, Philip. 1993. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

V. PATIENTS:

  • Albom, Mitch. 1997. Tuesdays with Morrie; an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson. Random House. A story about how a person, his family and friends cope with a serious illness. The writer recounts the final months of his college mentor¹s life during which he dealt with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease").

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Belli, Angela and Coulehan, Jack, Ed. Blood and Bone

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Broyard, Anatole. 1992. Intoxicated by My Illness. A personal account of illness written by the former editor of the New York Times Book Review.

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Frank, Arthur. 1992. At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness

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  • Heymann, Jody. 1995. Equal Partners

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  • Hilfiker, David. 1994. Not all of us are Saints, Hill and Wang

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Kaysen, Susanna. 1993 Girl Interrupted. 192 pp. A young woman’s experience in a psychiatric hospital. Was made into a movie with Winona Rider.

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Lacombe, Michael, Ed. On Being a Doctor (poems and essays)

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Lightman, Alan. 2000. The Diagnosis

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Lorde, Audre. 1980. The Cancer Journals

Available through Prospector. Click here.
Also available through UW Libraries. Click here.

  • McCrum, Robert. 1998. My Year Off, Recovering Life after a Stroke

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Miller, J. The Body in Question

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Mukand, Jon, Ed. Articulations

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  • Price, Reynolds. 1994. A Whole New Life

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Radner, Gilda .1990. It's Always Something (Former SNL comedienne, died of ovarian cancer).

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Rosenbaum, Edward. 1998. A Taste of My Own Medicine (The Doctor)

Available through Prospector. Click here.

  • Sacks, Oliver. 1984. A Leg to Stand On

Available at UW Libraries. Click here.

  • Stryon, William. 1990. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Availabe at UW Libraries. Click here.


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Craig Vaske, Manager, Student Advising, MS, M.P.A.

University of Wyoming

College of Health Sciences

Dept. 3432

HS room 230E

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3499

Email: cvaske@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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