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5 Books Every Medical (Premed) Student Should Read

Honestly, if you’re studying medicine I doubt you will have time to read all of the books on this list, but if you happen to be one of the insanely high functioning few, here are 5 books that every medical student should read.

#1 Atlas of Men by Dr. David Sklar

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Atlas of Men by Dr. David Sklar is a must-read novel for all medical students. While the story is fiction, it is based on Sklar's own experience as the unwitting subject of an unethical research study. 

The book raises important ethical questions about research with human subjects, informed consent and science’s relationship to race and identity. 

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Contributor: Angelle Barbazon from JKS Communications

  1. Interesting book – worth the read!

#2 Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

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Do No Harm by Henry Marsh is one of the best reads for medical students. Henry Marsh provides us with a fascinating understanding of his vocation and musings regarding many things medical in this runaway best-seller.

Each chapter begins with a real case Henry dealt with, and the reader can almost feel like he is there, watching the action!

If a medical student is looking for an intriguing, drama-packed, educational and sometime hilarious memoir that is written through the perspective of a brilliant professional, this may be his best bet!

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Contributor: Becca Koplowitz from Medical Scrubs 

#3 The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr

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With all of the changes going on in the healthcare system in the United States, having an understanding of the historical basis of the medical system is useful for guiding future policy efforts. 

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Contributor: Chirag Shah from Pollmed 

#4 Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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The story of a woman who unfortunately suffers from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She’s only 50. Happily married with three children, this story gets sad real fast. It literally shows you what it’s like to lose your mind in great detail. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#5 The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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A story of a disease that we humans have suffered and even died from for over 5,000 years. The book shares the perspectives of a cellular biologist and a historian’s take on cancer. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion