When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Easily the most beautiful, soulful, heartwarming and heart-wrenching book about medicine and life as a doctor that I have ever read. That’s it, I don’t want to spoil it for you but all I want to say is read this book, whether you want to become a doctor or not, just read this book.
Dr Ben Carson
Yes I know, he is now affiliated with Trump, has been making terrible decisions in recent years etc, etc. I agree, but that truly does not change the fact that his books, changed my life. At the time, he was the first real Black Surgeon, I had personally ever heard of or seen, he had struggled through school just like me, and most importantly, was the first person to make me truly believe that I could become the great doctor of my dreams, just from his words and his story. So I still highly recommend these books, to anyone wanting to study medicine, and unsure of whether or not they can do it/have a lot of barriers to overcome. Sidenote, I was also able to flex in front of a neurosurgeon by explaining what a hemispherectomy is, and I learned about it in the book, 12 years ago,
Dr Oliver Sacks
All of Dr Oliver Sacks books, are timeless, fascinating, inspiring and motivating notes on the complexities of neurological disorders, and living with them. You will definitely learn a lot about neurology from reading these books (definitely enough to impress a neurologist, if you ever run into one) and if you are looking for something different and quite honestly mind-blowing, anything by Dr Oliver Sacks will do.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (My favourite)
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition
Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales
An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
The Mind’s Eye
This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay
After Atul Gawande, you will definitely need this light, humorous, dark and sometimes terrifying account of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and life as a trainee doctor. I really enjoyed this book, and while I read it when I had already gotten into medical school, I definitely think it provides a realistic and accurate account of life as a doctor, for anyone applying. Plus it will definitely make you laugh.