- Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School. Melvin Konner, 1987.
- The Human Side of Medicine: Learning What it’s Like to be a Patient and What it’s Like to be a Physician. Laurence A. Savett, 2002.
- Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. Rachel Naomi Remen, 1997.
- My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS. Abraham Verghese, 1995.
- The Call of Stories: Teaching and Moral Imagination. Robert Coles, 1989.
- The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition. Arthur Kleinman, 1990.
- The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing. Lori Arivso Alvord and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt, 2000.
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Anne Fadiman, 1998.
- The Tennis Partner: A Doctor’s Story of Friendship and Loss. Abraham Verghese, 1998.
- The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher. Lewis Thomas, 1995.
- Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing, and Advancing. Janet Bickel, 2000.
- A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student. Perri Klass, 1988.
- Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. Atul Gawande, 2003.
- Educational and Career Opportunities in Alternative Medicine. Rosemary Jones, 1998.
- Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality. Pauline W. Chen, 2008.
- Gentle Vengeance. Charles Le Baron, 1982.
- Health Care Systems Around the World: Characteristics, Issues, Reforms. Marie L. Lassey, William R. Lassey, Martin J. Jinks, 1996.
- Health Professional and Patient Interaction. Ruth B. Portilo, Amy M. Haddad, Regina Doherty, 2013.
- Learning to Play God: The Coming of Age of a Young Doctor. Robert Marion, 2000.
- Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography. Albert Schweitzer, 2009.
- Residents: The Perils and Promise of Educating Young Doctors. David Ewing Duncan, 1996.
- The Difference a D.O. Makes: Osteopathic Medicine in the Twentieth Century. Bob E. Jones, 1978.
- The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor. Robert Marion, 2001.
- The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Lisa Frazier Page, 2003.
- White Coat: Becoming a Doctor at Harvard Medical. Ellen Rothman, 2000.
- A Piece of My Mind (JAMA and Archives Journals). The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Roxanne K. Young, 2005.
- Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. Atul Gawande, 2008.
- Beyond Love. Dominique Lapierre, 1991.
- Caring for Patients from Different Cultures. Geri-Ann Galanti, 2008.
- Doctors: The Biography of Medicine. Sherwin B. Nuland, 1995.
- Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees. Thomas Hale, 1986.
- Empathy and the Practice of Medicine: Beyond Pills and the Scalpel. Howard Spiro, Enid Peschel, Mary G. McCrea Curnen, and Deborah St. James, 1996.
- Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society Through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy. Patch Adams and Maureen Mylander, 1998.
- Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Ben Carson, 1996.
- Healing from the Heart: How Unconventional Wisdom Unleashes the Power of Modern Medicine. Mehmet C. Oz, 1999.
- Healing the Wounds. David Hilfiker, 1998.
- Heirs of General Practice. John McPhee, 1986.
- How Doctors Think. Jerome Groopman, 2008.
- How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Peter McWilliams and Harold H. Bloomfield, 1993.
- How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter. Sherwin B. Nuland, 1995.
- Letters to a Young Doctor. Richard Selzer, 1996.
- Life After Medical School: Thirty-Two Doctors Describe How They Shaped Their Medical Careers. Leonard Laster, 1996.
- Living Stones of the Himalayas. Thomas Hale, 1993.
- Married to Their Careers: Career and Family Dilemmas in Doctors’ Lives. Lane A. Gerber, 1983.
- Medical Marriages. Glen O. Gabbard and Roy W. Menninger, 1988.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. Tracy Kidder, 2009.
- On Being a Missionary. Thomas Hale, 2003.
- On Call in Hell: A Doctor’s Iraq War Story. Richard Jadick and Thomas Hayden, 2007.
- On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays. Richard Reynolds, 1995.
- On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain. Thomas Hale, 1989.
- On the Ledge: A Doctor’s Stories from the Inner City. Neil Skolnik, 1996.
- The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System. Charles E. Rosenberg, 1995.
- The Doctor Stories. William Carlos Williams, 1984.
- The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales. Oliver Sacks, 1998.
- When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes. Philip Zazove, 1993.
- White Coat, White Cane: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Blind Physician. David Hartman and Bernard Asbell, 1978.
- A Leg to Stand On. Oliver Sacks, 1998.
- A Taste of My Own Medicine: When the Doctor is the Patient. Edward E. Rosenbaum, 1988.
- A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing. Reynolds Price, 2003.
- Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient. Norman Cousins, 2005.
- At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness. Arthur W. Frank, 2002.
- Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir. Richard M. Cohen, 2005.
- Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. William Styron, 1992.
- Drinking: A Love Story. Caroline Knapp, 1997.
- Equal Partners: A Physician’s Call for a New Spirit of Medicine. Jody Heymann, 2000.
- Girl, Interrupted. Susanna Kaysen, 1994.
- Intoxicated by My Illness and Other Writings on Life and Death. Anatole Broyard, 1993.
- It’s Always Something. Gilda Radner, 2009.
- Lucky Man: A Memoir. Michael J. Fox, 2003.
- My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke. Robert McCrum, 1998.
- Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor’s Journey with the Poor. David Hilfiker, 1996.
- On Being a Doctor. Michael A. Lacombe, 1995.
- The Body in Question. Jonathan Miller, 2000.
- The Cancer Journals. Audre Lorde, 1995.
- The Diagnosis: A Novel. Alan Lightman, 2002.
- Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. Mitch Albom, 2002.
- Animal Hospital. Stephen Sawicki, 1997.
- Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah. Peter Dans, 2000.
- Five Patients. Michael Crichton, 1995.
- Stories of Sickness. Howard Brody, 2002.
- Taking Care of Our Own: A Year in the Life of a Small Hospital. Susan Garrett, 1995.
- The Medicine of ER: An Insider’s Guid to the Medical Science Behind America’s #1 TV Drama. Alan Duncan Ross, 1997.
- Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895. Anton Chekhov, 2002.
- A Robert Coles Omnibus. Robert Coles, 1993.
- Flexible Bodies. Emily Martin, 1995.
- Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine and Optimum Health. Andrew Weil, 2004.
- Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Susan Sontag, 2001.
- Reconstructing Illness: Studies in Pathography. Anne Hunsaker Hawkins, 1999.
- The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism. Robert Coles, 1994.
- Voices of Integrative Medicine: Conversations and Encounters. Bonnie J. Horrigan, 2003.
- Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams, 1996.
- Bioethics and Human Rights: A Reader for Health Professionals. Elsie Bandman and Bertram Bandman, 1978.
- Classic Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of Cases That Have Shaped Medical Ethics with Philosophical, Legal, and Historical Backgrounds. Gregory E. Pence, 2004.
- Death and Dignity: Making Choices and Taking Charge. Timothy E. Quill, 1994.
- Drawing the Line: Life, Death, and Ethical Choices in an American Hospital. Samuel Gorovitz, 1993.
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Philip Yancey and Paul Brand, 1987.
- Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure. Charles L. Bosk, 2003.
- Medical Ethics: Accounts of Ground-Breaking Cases. Gregory Pence, 2010.
- Spiritual Caregiving: Health Care As a Ministry. Verna Benner Carson and Harold George Koenig, 2004.
- The Corporate Transformation of Health Care. J. Warren Salmon, 1990.
- The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry. Paul Starr, 1984.
- Unequal Treatment: What You Don’t Know About How Women Are Mistreated by the Medical Community. Eileen Nechas, 1994.
- Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Laurie Garrett, 2001.
- Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business – and Bad Medicine. Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, 2005.
- Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the On-Going Struggle to Protect Workers’ Health. David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, 2006.
- Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age. Michael L. Millenson, 2000.
- Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care. Suzanne Gordon, 2006.
- Understanding Health Policy. Thomas Bodenheimer and Kevin Grumbach, 2012.
- American Health Quackery. James Harvey Young, 1992.
- Chiropractic in America: The History of a Medical Alternative. Stuart Moore, 1993.
- Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. Steven Johnson, 2007.
- Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader. Alan M. Kraut, 2004.
- Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History. Sheila M. Rothman, 1995.
- Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America. Norman Gevitz, 1988.
- The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America. Norman Gevitz, 2004.
- The Medical Messiahs: A Social History of Health Quackery in Twentieth-Century America. James Harvey Yong, 1992.
- Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care. Kenneth M. Ludmerer, 2005.
- Western Medicine: An Illustrated History. Irvine Loudon, 1997.
- Get into Medical School: A Guide for the Perplexed. Kenneth V. Iserson, 2004.
- Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy for Success. Carol Baffi-Dugan, 2001.
- PreMed: Who Makes It and Why. Mary Ann Maguire, 1999.
- Resumes and Personal Statements for Health Professionals. James W. Tysinger, 1999.
Note: These are simply recommendations. Other reference texts with similar detail and coverage are suitable. These books may be too lengthy to read and study by themselves. It is advisable to use these texts to clarify and provide more detail when reviewing MCAT study guides.
Journals for premedical students
These help keep physicians and the student interested in medicine abreast of issues and developments in medicine.