Additional Book Suggestions
Contributed by ASSH Members
Robert Savage, MD:
I would add Surgery of the Soul: Reflections on a Curious Career by Joseph E. Murray, MD. Dr. Murray was an American plastic surgeon who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for his pioneering work in organ transplantation (he performed the first kidney transplant in 1954). The book is inspirational and reminds all why we went into medicine.
Jeffrey Marchessault, MD:
I thoroughly enjoyed both of Dr. Garande’s books. Dr. Kalanithi’s book was a fascinating book written through the eyes of a physician, surgeon, scientist, husband and father. Yet I thought his “human relationality” and definition of “virtue” was difficult to nail down. For a like-minded book with great purpose I would recommend The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow.
Hal A. Yocum, MD ( lifetime member):
I would suggest the book titled The Gift of Pain by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey.