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20 Essential Biographies for Medical Students

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Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

<p>Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cellstaken without her knowledgebecame one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, theyd weigh more than 50 million metric tonsas much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bombs effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.</p> <p>Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.</p> <p>Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the colored ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henriettas small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginiaa land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodooto East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.</p> <p>Henriettas family did not learn of her immortality until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks familypast and presentis inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.</p> <p>Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks familyespecially Henriettas daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mothers cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldnt her children afford health insurance?&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i> captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.</p>
Author(s): Rebecca Skloot
ISBN 13: 9781400052189
Pages: 381
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Title: Rosalind Franklin

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery ...
Author(s): Brenda Maddox
ISBN 13: 9780060985080
Pages: 416
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Title: My Stroke of Insight

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.
Author(s): Jill Bolte Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780452295544
Pages: 206
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Title: Nightingales

Florence Nightingale was for a time the most famous woman in Britainif not the world. We know her today primarily as a saintly character, perhaps as a heroic reformer of Britains health-care system. The reality is more involved and far more fascinating. In an utterly beguiling narrative that reads like the best Victorian fiction, acclaimed author Gillian Gill tells the story of this richly complex woman and her extraordinary family.
Author(s): Gillian Gill
ISBN 13: 9780345451880
Pages: 544
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Title: Gifted Hands

Gifted Hands by and about Ben Carson, M.D., is the inspiring story of an inner-city kid with poor grades and little motivation, who, at age thirty-three, became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Gifted Hands will transplace you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world, and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. In 1987, Dr. Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head -- an extremely complex and delicate operation that was five months of planning and twenty-two hours of actual surgery, involving a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate.
Author(s): Ben Carson;Cecil Murphey
ISBN 13: 9780310546511
Pages: 232
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Title: In the Land of Invisible Women

A female, Pakistani doctor describes her practice treating women in Saudi Arabia, where the harsh code of orthodoxy for women is contradicted by some of the private behavior of wealthy women, but imposes a harsh reality on poor women.
Author(s): Qanta Ahmed
ISBN 13: 9781402210877
Pages: 454
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Title: Clara Barton

Based on the papers Clara Barton carefully saved over her lifetime, this biography is the first one to draw on these recorded thoughts. Besides her own voluminous correspondence, it reflects the letters and reminiscences of lovers, a grandniece who probed her aunt's venerable facade, and doctors who treated her nervous disorders. She emerges as a vividly human figure. Continually struggling to cope with her insecure family background and a society that offered much less than she had to give, she chose achievement as the vehicle for gaining the love and recognition that frequently eluded her during her long life.
Author(s): Elizabeth Brown Pryor
ISBN 13: 9780812212730
Pages: 444
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Title: Something for the Pain

Ted Conover, author of NewjackIn this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. His own life becomes Exhibit A, as he details the emotional detachment that estranges him from himself and his family.
Author(s): Paul Austin
ISBN 13: 9780393065602
Pages: 297
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Title: Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

Author(s): James Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780316024754
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Title: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

<b>Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction</b> <p><i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> is a magnificent, profoundly humane biography of cancerfrom its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologists precision, a historians perspective, and a biographers passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived withand perished fromfor more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out war against cancer. The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjees own leukemia patient, Carla, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to surviveand to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.</p>
Author(s): Siddhartha Mukherjee
ISBN 13: 9781439107959
Pages: 571
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Title: Mountains Beyond Mountains

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his lifes calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidders magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that the only real nation is humanity. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb Beyond mountains there are mountainsas you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
Author(s): Tracy Kidder
ISBN 13: 9780812980554
Pages: 332
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Title: Sickened

From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated and operated on, in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind. This title tells the story of how she survived Munchausen By Proxy (MBP), a form of child abuse forced on her by her mother's madness.
Author(s): Julie Gregory
ISBN 13: 9781844134427
Pages: 244
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Title: My Own Country

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an urban problem had arrived in the town to stay.
Author(s): Abraham Verghese
ISBN 13: 9780671785147
Pages: 347
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Title: The Pact

Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city lifes temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this daythey are all doctors. This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.
Author(s): Sampson Davis;George Jenkins;Rameck Hunt;Lisa Frazier Page
ISBN 13: 9781573229890
Pages: 263
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Title: Cooked

Cook County on Chicago's West Side. Author and nurse Carol Karels trained there and uses this autobiography to reflect upon both its ever-present socioeconomic issues and the significant role the institution played in shaping her life and career.
Author(s): Carol Karels
ISBN 13: 9780976771401
Pages: 213
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Title: My Ambulance Education

The brutally honest story of an emergency medical technician. At 18, Joseph Clark started working as an ambulance attendant to pay his way through college. For the next seven years he worked New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods as an emergency medical technician (EMT), dealing with the medical emergencies from drug overdoses, gang fights, car crashes and worse, all while juggling schoolwork and a personal life.
Author(s): Joseph F. Clark
ISBN 13: 9781554074471
Pages: 254
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Title: Trauma Junkie

In Trauma Junkie, readers accompany veteran flight nurse Janice Hudson as she races in response to emergency calls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her workplace is a cramped California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) helicopter in which medical personnel try to fix the human carnage wrought by shootings, accidents and natural disasters.
Author(s): Janice Hudson
ISBN 13: 9781554076147
Pages: 272
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Title: Dont Kill the Birthday Girl

Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Her allergiessevere and lifelonginclude dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard. Add to that mold, dust, grass and tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, and wool, and its no wonder Sandra felt she had to live her life as Allergy Girl. When butter is deadly and eggs can make your throat swell shut, cupcakes and other treats of childhood are out of the questionand so Sandras mother used to warn guests against a toxic, frosting-tinged kiss with Dont kill the birthday girl!
Author(s): Sandra Beasley
ISBN 13: 9780307588111
Pages: 229
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Title: Hot Lights, Cold Steel

When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too soon, the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gives way to the feeling he is a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons.
Author(s): Michael J. Collins
ISBN 13: 9780312352691
Pages: 307
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