17. “The Chronicles of Women in White Coats” by Amber Robins, M.D., M.B.A. (nonfiction, medical)
In a series of personal narratives, Robins shares a variety of inspiring stories that highlight achievements made by women in medicine and explore themes of gender bias, mentorship, success and motivation.
“This collection of short stories by female physicians is relatable, inspiring and gives insight into the unique obstacles experienced by women in medicine. I am reading this book as a future woman in medicine and recommend it to my peers.”
— Angela Arata, fourth-year medical student
18. “The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks and Rebels who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives” by James Forrester, M.D. (medicine, science, history)
With contributions from pioneering doctors, scientists and innovators, this book explores the history of cardiovascular medicine and reveals how far physicians have come from the days when heart disease meant a death sentence.
“In medical school, I’ve constantly found myself asking ‘Who on Earth could have thought of this?’ when it comes to medical discoveries and procedures. This book answers that question and focuses on the humanity of people who made amazing contributions to medicine. It’s a great introduction to the history of medicine.”
— Cecelia Miller, first-year medical student
19. “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation” by Linda Villarosa (nonfiction, race, history)
This book dives into the deep-rooted impact of systemic racism found within the American health care system that contributes to health disparities within marginalized communities.
“I thought it was particularly shocking that despite the overwhelming evidence that the health disparities that people of color face in America are due solely to systemic racism, pseudoscience and myths invented during U.S. slavery about differences in biology between races are still used today to explain these disparities.”
— Patrick Haley, third-year medical student
20. “Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine: The Story of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra” by Lisa Wong, M.D., with Robert Viagas (music, nonfiction, medical)
Learn how the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, founded by a group of talented Boston-area physicians and health professionals, use their musical acuity to influence how they practice the arts of music and medicine.
“As someone who came to medical school with a background in piano and organ performance, I was interested in understanding more about how my musical ‘self’ would merge with my identity as a budding physician-in-training. I think it’s common to hear that medicine is just as much an art as it is a science, and Dr. Wong’s book does an incredible job of exploring why that relationship exists, both in and out of patient care settings.”
— Jakob S. Hamilton, M.S., third-year medical student