July 20, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. — Dr. Jon Hallberg, regular medical analyst on All Things Considered, recently surveyed 4,000 medical practitioners in the University of Minnesota system and asked them about what books they would recommend to an incoming medical student.
Their surprising answers are in his article, 11 Books That (might) Make a Difference, in the July 2005 edition of Minnesota Medicine magazine. The top 11 recommendations are listed below.
"Tuesdays with Morrie," by Mitch Albom
"The Plague," by Albert Camus
"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," by Jared Diamond
"The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," by Annie Fadiman
"Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science," by Atul Gawandee
"The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini
"Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World," by Tracy Kidder
"Arrowsmith," by Sinclair Lewis
"The House of God," by Samuel Shem
"The Lives of a Cell," and other books by essayist Lewis Thomas
"The Tennis Partner," and other books by Abraham Verghese
Why are those books especially relevant to doctors in training? Dr. Hallberg explains, in an interview with MPR's Tom Crann. To listen, choose the audio link in the right column.