This week’s Nonfiction November topic gives us lots of choice!
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
I have decided to Be the Expert in medicine, more specifically “books by doctors doing their thing awesomely”. I’m a medical interpreter and work in hospitals, so it’s a topic that’s close to my heart. After I made the list I realized all the authors are women – extra bonus! The titles link to my full reviews.
What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri, MD
Each chapter covers an emotion doctors deal with on a near-daily basis, from empathy and fear to sadness and shame. Good practices are shared and less than ideal situations analyzed in solid, assured prose that is still honest about the author’s misgivings and failings. The feelings behind what your doctor is thinking.
Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care by Dinah Miller, MD and Annette Hanson, MD
Involuntary care is a a minefield of ethical conundrums and this book covers as many points of view as possible, from pro-involuntary treatment groups to anti-anything-psychiatry groups like Scientology. Thorough, well-considered, and fascinating.
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell
The training and most memorable cases of a medical examiner. While the jacket copy teases the stories around terrorist attacks my favorites were more commonplace – injuries that only show up after a day has passed, how to figure out which stab wound came first, pinning down someone’s age thanks to a single rib bone. Riveting and perfect for anyone who perks up when Law and Order heads to the morgue.
I’m always on the lookout for more medical nonfiction – what’s your favorite?