Scientific Summer Reading List

summer beach sceneWhile some folks kick back on the beach with a carefree piece of fiction, we thought it would be fun to put together a summer reading list designed for physicians and scientists. Check out a few of our favorite books that delve into biology, psychology and medicine. Happy reading.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
A surgeon tackles the hardest challenge of the medical profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism by Dick Russell
A father and son struggle to navigate the son’s schizophrenia.

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease by Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell
A behind the scenes look at Harvard Medical School’s neurology unit to see how a seasoned diagnostician navigates strange, life-altering conditions.

Life Unfolding: How the human body creates itself by Jamie A. Davies
The story of human development from egg to adult: a convergence of ideas from embryology, genetics, physics, networks, and control theory.

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen
For years, Typhus ravaged the dispossessed – refugees, soldiers, and people in poverty – causing hallucinations, fever, and often death. When the disease plagued the German army, they were desperate for a vaccine – and turned to the brilliant Polish zoologist Rudolf Weigl for help.

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