Thursday, December 24, 2020

My favorite public health and health care books of 2020

Christmas Eve may be a little late in the holiday season to be recommending books, but then again, e-books can be a great last-minute gift for procrastinators. One constant that has helped keep me sane during this tumultuous pandemic year has been always having a physical or virtual shelf of intriguing books to read next. As in previous years (see 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015), this favorite books list is ordered alphabetically and includes a few that were new to me even though they were published before 2020.


1. Fallible: A Memoir of a Young Physician's Struggle with Mental Illness, by Kyle Bradford Jones

2. Heart: A History, by Sandeep Jauhar

3. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker

4. Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat, by Fran Hawthorne

5. Malignant: How Bad Policy and Bad Evidence Harm People with Cancer, by Vinay Prasad

6. The Long Fix: Solving America's Health Care Crisis with Strategies That Work For Everyone, by Vivian Lee

7. Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy

8. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, by Dan Heath

9. When Death Becomes Life: Notes From A Transplant Surgeon, by Joshua Mezrich

10. When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error, by Danielle Ofri