Book Review: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

This book explored on a deeply philosophical level, what really matters at the end of life? How can we have a good death? By cleverly combining the science of medicine with the philosophy of life, Gawande explores how modern medicine has changed over time. He shares his personal story from his own family and personal life, as well as examples from his patients. This book confronts difficult conversations around death and human mortality up front.

Book Review: Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

This book is written by Henry Marsh who shares his unconventional journey into neurosurgery after studying medicine as a second degree. The title of the book is reminiscent of the first hippocratic oath, which is an oath often taken by medical physicians: “first do no harm”.

The book is littered with candid examples of his patients and his reflections, through his time in medical school to becoming a neurosurgeon. The book tries to address how to deal with the consequences if everything goes wrong, but this time in a life and death situation. It crosses the fields of philosophy, ethics, and medicine.

Three non-fiction books by doctors

These are my top three non-fiction books by doctors. Interestingly, all three of these authors changed their paths from one area to medicine, offering them a different perspective to the field. They all confront questions about human mortality and what matters at the end of life, as well as offering an appreciation of the field of medicine at a time when humanity has depended so much on it.

Book Review: The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson

A book about kindness, compassion, and hope. Watson takes the reader on a journey through her nursing career, when she was deciding what to do with her life, through learning what it means to be a nurse, and twenty years of nursing career. A beautiful message is awaiting in this book about love, kindness, and hope.

Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Walker encourages the reader to feel empowered to protect their sleep and health. This is a science and evidence backed book about why humans sleep in the first place, even though sleeping is such a strange concept, and why sleep is so important to human survival and longevity. This book is a must-read.

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Book Review: A Woman of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail

This book would be very suited to someone who wants to read a book about female empowerment, or is interested in medical memoirs, FGM, or international aid. Overall, this book has two particular strong points. Firstly, her story is inspiring as a strong-willed woman who relentlessly pursues what she wants, fighting against societal norms and the many barriers in her way. Secondly, it is a story of caring for others with compassion and kindness, a true story of humanity.

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Book Review: Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss by Rachel Clarke

This book is a must read for everyone. Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor, who worked as a journalist before retraining as a doctor. She shares her personal and professional journey with the reader through this transition and her eventual specialisation in palliative care.

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