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Designed for leisure reading/review for students exploring and interested in premedicine and health professions, compiled by the Premedicine/Academic Advising Center staff in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State

Readings / Books

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot
  • Final Exam by Pauline W. Chen
  • Intern by Sanddep Jauhar
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Arviso Alvord
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik
  • What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student’s Journey by Audrey Young
  • On Becoming a Doctor by Tania Heller
  • On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue
  • Patient by Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope and Healing from a Doctor’s Practice by Emily R. Transue
  • Complications: A Surgeons Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  • Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon by Kathy E. Magliato
  • Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors by Brian Eule
  • How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer by Tracy Kidder
  • My Own Country My Own Country: A Doctor's Story by Abraham Verghese
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
  • Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer

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