• The cover of the book Five Days at Memorial

    Five Days at Memorial

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    What happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina made landfall? As the power went out and the city plunged into darkness and anarchy, the hospital kept running. This incredible book looks at the life and death decisions made by the doctors who didn’t evacuate the city. Physicians and several nurses injected the most critically ill patients with lethal doses of opiates and sedatives to spare their suffering. Was it wrong?

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  • The cover of the book Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

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    Kidder tells the story of Paul Farmer, an infectious disease physician who has dedicated his career to caring for the poor, primarily in third world countries. (His work is what prompted me to pursue subspecialty training in infectious diseases). Farmer is humble, passionate, and idealistic—precisely the qualities we want in our healthcare workers. This book is frequently assigned on college campuses, and for good reason. I read it a decade ago and still think about it.

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  • The cover of the book The Andromeda Strain

    The Andromeda Strain

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    This is the book that sparked my initial interest in science. I read it when I was in middle school, and it opened the door to the fascinating world of Michael Crichton and medical mysteries. I dream of writing one of my own some day.

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  • The cover of the book Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

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    My favorite novel has a tangential relationship to medicine, and it would be a spoiler to explain how. The writing is exquisite and the story is heartbreaking—and you’ll never forget it.

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