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What books do you recommend to read about law or medicine?

Are there any books that are very insightful and interesting about law and medicine?

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Kess’s Answer

If you are looking for a straight medical book, consider reading When Breath Becomes Air. For a lighter read, try Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. For an engrossing read, try Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives.

And finally, if you'd like to mix medicine and law, consider a book on medical ethics with the cases such as Classic Cases in Medical Ethics.

Kess recommends the following next steps:

Books can be expensive! Consider using betterworldbooks.com or thriftbooks.com (they also carry text books!)
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Kess Samira
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Kenneth’s Answer

When I am asked to mentor students considering going into medicine I recommend the following books and we discuss the ideas and concepts that are represented.
The Gift of Pain by Paul Brand MD
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean -Domingue Bauby
Five days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

and last but not for the faint of heart
Johnny Got His gun by Dalton Trumbo

None of these books are "medical books". They discuss the concepts of service, prejudice, survival, and "living". Medicine is not just "science" but humans dealing with the human conditions that are not "black and white". If you choose to read them, ask yourself "what would I or could I do in this situation?.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Kenneth! Samira
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Gabrielle’s Answer

David Kessler is a lawyer and physician who served in Republican and Democratic administrations, and has written several compelling books, including "A Question of Intent." It made me, a lawyer, wish I had also gotten a medical degree.

One of the most interesting classes I took in law school was on bioethics - a law and medicine class focused on the challenges of medical ethics. Bad Blood about the Theranos saga is a compelling look at the importance of ethics and corporate governance in business including medical device companies.

The Age of Living Machines focuses on biology + engineering, and raises interesting ethical and legal questions.

Happy reading - so many great and interesting options!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Gabrielle for the reading suggestions! Samira
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