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Empty Pockets
Pickrel, K. (2003). Empty pockets. Annals of Internal Medicine, 139(6), 525. - - Retrieved from
Pickrel relates his experience with a 36-year-old patient suffering from chest pain, who eventually died, after giving proper medical assistance.

Metamorphoses: Memoirs of a Life in Medicine
William G. Anlyan
Call Number:  R 154 .A59 A32 2004; Publication Date:  2004
William G. Anlyan, a dedicated doctor and gifted administrator, was a leader in the transformation of Duke University Hospital from a regional medical center into one of America’s foremost biomedical research and educational institutions. Anlyan’s fifty-five-year career at Duke University spanned a period of extraordinary change in the practice of medicine. He chronicles those transformations—and his role in them—in this forthright memoir. - - from

Incidental findings: lessons from my patients in the art of medicine
Danielle Ofri
Call Number:  R 705 .O381 2005; Publication Date:  2005
These fifteen intertwined tales include 'Living Will,' where Dr. Ofri treats a man who has lost the will to live, and she too comes dangerously close to concluding that he has nothing to live for; 'Common Ground,' in which a patient's difficult decision to have an abortion highlights the vulnerabilities of doctor and patient alike; 'Acne,' where she is confronted by a patient whose physical and emotional abuse she can't possibly heal, so she must settle on treating the one thing she can, the least of her patient's problems; and finally a stunning concluding chapter,'Tools of the Trade,' where Dr. Ofri's touch is the last in a woman's long life. - - from

Attending children: a doctor's education
Margaret E. Mohrmann
Call Number:  RJ 43 .M74 A32 2005; Publication Date:  2005
Margaret Mohrmann shares the remarkable education children and their families have given her through her thirty years as a pediatrician. Her narratives are both painful and hopeful, tragic and funny, full of remarkable characters and sometimes bizarre families.  She introduces the reader to not only the physical challenges she, her colleagues, and her patients encounter, but the spiritual ones as well. - - from

White coat wisdom : extraordinary doctors talk about what they do, how they got there and why medicine is so much more than a job
Stephen J. Busalacchi
Call Number:  R705 .B872 2011; Publication Date:  2011
An unprecedented look at the medical profession, through the eyes of extraordinary physicians who talk about what they do, how they got there, and why medicine is so much more than a job.  It reveals how physicians from various specialties and locations developed their resolve, found their medical passion, and learned—and continue to learn—on their journey. Real doctors, real stories. - - from

A Piece of My Mind: A New Collection of Essays From JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. Roxanne K. Young. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, September 2005
Compelling, touching, and at times humorous, A Piece of My Mind offers a deeper understanding of physicians, patients, medicine, and the simple human act of helping another person." These stories, based in science, are transmitted to readers after filtering through a human heart. (William H. Foege, MD, Emory University) (Taubman Health Sciences [Older Edition]: R 708 .P65 2000)

How Doctors Think. Jerome E. Groopman. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 2007.
In this book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make, illustrating how doctors gather information and weight the alternatives – reveals common pitfalls. He further explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can--with our help--avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 723.5 .G75 2007)

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. Atul Gawande. New York: Picador USA, 2003.
In vivid accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human. (Hatcher Graduate and Taubman Health Sciences [Older Edition]: RD 27.35 .G39 A32 2002).

Sacred Space: Stories from a Life in Medicine. Clif Cleveland. 1998.
The personal story of the author Clif Cleveland’s journey from his beginnings in rural Georgia to becoming a doctor and all the things he’s learned along the way. It also includes anecdotes from his many travels abroad and how the various cultures he’s encountered have informed his view of medicine and his relationship with his patients. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 154 .C345 A32 1998)