Thursday, December 26, 2019

My favorite health and health care books of 2019

Looking for some good reads for this holiday season and the coming year? Here is my annual top ten list of health and medicine-related books (read, not necessarily published, in 2019), in alphabetical order. I've provided links to the publishers' websites for your convenience, but I don't receive any financial incentives or extra web traffic if you buy these books from them. So if one or more catch your fancy, feel free to pick up a used copy on Amazon or a free one at PaperBackSwap or your local library.


1. The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year, by Michael Stein

2. Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital, by David Oshinsky

3. Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come, by Richard Preston

4. Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, by Eric Topol

5. Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, by Luke Dittrich

6. Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care, by Uwe Reinhardt

7. Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America, by Kate Pickert

8. Recapturing Joy in Medicine, by Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever

9. Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey As a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad - Peter Hotez

10. Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health, by Sandro Galea