Saturday, December 24, 2016

My favorite public health and health care books of 2016

I took a different approach to this year's top 10 list: rather than selecting only books published in this calendar year, as I did in 2015, I decided to make eligible any book that I read this year, regardless of when it was published. Books are listed in alphabetical order rather than order of preference/enjoyment: they were all compelling reads in their own ways.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all!


1. Adventures of a Female Medical Detective: In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS, by Mary Guinan with Anne D. Mather

2. Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America's Health Care Promise, by Prabhjot Singh

3. The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

4. In A Different Key: The Story of Autism, by Jon Donvan and Karen Zucker

5. League of Denial: the NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru

6. Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, by Sonia Shah

7. The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together, by J. Lloyd Michener and co-editors

8. Pulse - Voices from the Heart of Medicine: Editor's Picks: A Third Anthology, by Paul Gross and co-editors

9. Religion As a Social Determinant of Public Health - by Ellen Idler, editor

10. Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, by Eric Manheimer