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Medical books are hit-or-miss. The good ones affect me in ways that few things can, but many in the genre are hobbled by problems with tone or structure. (I review medical memoirs for USA Today and spend a lot of time thinking about how doctors convey their experiences). Here is a smattering of my favorite books about medicine—some fiction, some nonfiction—which are ones I just can’t forget.
Bookshelf curated by Matt McCarthy.
Author photo: © Nina Subin
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