Recommended Reading List

When choosing a University, College, or Medical School, applicants should make choices based on their passions and interests, and find professors who are leaders in these fields. This will make a huge impact on the Personal Statement and Interviews. For inspiration, med school applicants should read as many of these books as possible on the Oxford Medicine School Introductory Reading List and the list of other universities and colleges: 

  1. Bad Doctor by Iam Williams is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel that tells the story of the troubled life and times of a doctor with obsessive compulsive disorder.
  2. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is a humorous book that examines many positive and negative issues in the medical industry.
  3. Blood of the Isles by Bryan Sykes traces the genetic origins of the British and the Irish.
  4. Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right 
  5. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science 
  6. Conversations with Neil’s Brain by George Ojemann and William Calvin tells the intensely compelling stories of a neuroscientist, a brain surgeon, and a patient with epilepsy.
  7. Do No Harm by Henry Marsh takes an honest look at uplifting and upsetting aspects of working in the hustle and bustle of a state of the art hospital as a brain surgeon.
  8. Elegance in Science by Ian Glynn explains through a series of historical examples, how beauty and imagination are essential to scientific discoveries and advancements.
  9. Emperor of all Maladies: a Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize describes what we have done to fight cancer from the first records of cancer from thousands of years ago to today.
  10. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology by Valerie C. Scanlon and Tina Sanders provides easy to understand descriptions and diagrams to help make the content easier to learn and remember.
  11. Essential Cell Biology by Bruce Alberts, et al. is one of the best textbooks that presents excellent diagrams to enhance the written information, so that readers can better comprehend the inner workings of cells.
  12. How We Live and How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter Knife’s Edge are both by Sherwin B. Nuland, and they 
  13. Lady Doctor 
  14. Learning Medicine 
  15. Life at the Extremes 
  16. Logic of Life 
  17. Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat 
  18. Microbe Hunters, One in Three 
  19. Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine 
  20. This is Going to Hurt
  21. When Breath Becomes Air 
  22. Your Life in My Hands
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