10 books you must read: Subject Medicine

Medicine and health is not a subject most of us choose when deciding on a new book read. However, there are some very important books on medicine and health that everyone should read to gain some understanding on either a personal situation or the medical situation of the public in general. The 10 must read books in medicine and health are:

1. A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain
By Dr. John Ratey
This is the ultimate first primer for those who want to know how the brain works. Ratey is a specialist in ADHD and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard. A User’s Guide to the Brain is easy to follow and contains important information that everyone should know about themselves.

2. The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
By John M. Barry
A little known fact in medical history is that in 1918, an epidemic of influenza began in the U.S. and spread across the world, killing over 100 million people in only 6 months. This book is the inspiring true story of the first clash of modern medicine with a medical epidemic.

3. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
By Dr. John Ratey
The second book on the list by Dr. Ratey, Spark tells why physical exercise is not only good for the body but good for the brain as well. Backed by clinical research, we learn how the body and mind are connected.

4. Tales of a Family Doctor
By Aaron Roland, MD
Dr. Roland paints a shocking picture of the state of health care in the U.S. through real-life descriptions and stories directly from his small office California.

5. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
By Tracy Kidder
Perhaps the most dedicated physician in history, Dr. Farmer provided personal health care for literally hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken Haitians. The story of Dr. Farmer brings hope that there are those who have the power to change the world.

6. The Demon in the Freezer
By Richard Preston
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, MD was once home to the massive biological weapons research project. Preston takes the reader into the facility’s past and into the present as the center of U.S. biodefense.

7. Brain Rules
By Dr. John Medina
Dr. Medina is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research located at Seattle Pacific University. Brain Rules comprehensively and engagingly introduces the latest brain research and what this means for the common person.

8. Public Health: What It Is and How It Works
By Bernard J. Turnock
An objective and systemic look at the modern U.S. public health care system.

9. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
By Randy Shilts
A look at the history of AIDS and why it was allowed to spread as doctors resisted the fact of the threat.

10. The Beck Diet Solution
By Dr. Judith Beck
Dr. Beck is director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Here she puts the research to practical use: losing weight.

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