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    I'm planning to apply for medicine this year, and I'm asking if anyone has a list of good books for reading about a career in medicine? Not just stuff that would help with a personal statement, but some extra general information on medicine would be nice as well.
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    (Original post by Fusilero)
    I'm planning to apply for medicine this year, and I'm asking if anyone has a list of good books for reading about a career in medicine? Not just stuff that would help with a personal statement, but some extra general information on medicine would be nice as well.
    Have a look here. It contains a list of books recommended by current and past medical students and applicants with books about medicine as a career and how to get into medicine.
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    Private Eye - Medicine Balls and In The Back if it has something nash based in it.
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    Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' is a very good book as well. Oh wait, you want medically related books... scrap that then.
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    Thanks for all the helps guys, ordered a few of them off amazon today. Not 'All Quiet on the Western Front' though.
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    (Original post by Fusilero)
    Not 'All Quiet on the Western Front' though.
    It's an excellent book...
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    Porn works wonders for the body and soul. I don't know if it counts as reading though :nothing:
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    'bad science' - contains all the answers to the questions they asked at my interviews.. + very interesting even if it gets tedious at points
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    I thought All Quiet on the Western Front was required-by-law sixth form reading? My History teacher made us all cover it in a weekend, it was so worth it. That and 1984.

    Medicine Balls and In The Back are good, but I'm not sure about them sometimes. Occasionally descends into surgeon-bashing and very personal platforming, but I can forgive that because he's one of the few people making a really good, coherent, evidence-based case for public medicine. It is something that needs saying louder, more frequently and more accessibly to the general public if we're going to hold on to a proper NHS.
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    (Original post by Sambo2)
    'bad science' - contains all the answers to the questions they asked at my interviews.. + very interesting even if it gets tedious at points
    I bought that a couple of days ago.
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    "Bodies", by Jed Mercurio (as in the TV programme) has recently replaced the much better classic "House of God" by Samuel Shem as the cynical medics book of choice. I recommend them both, on first reading they seem over the top and unrealistic in their pessimism, however over time you will realise the truth they hold! I also recommend "Complications" by Atul Gawande as an interesting commentary on surgery, although it is a little Scrubs-style sweet at times.

    And if you haven't read The Double Helix by James Watson, you should. Most of your early years lecturers will be research scientists not doctors, and it's important to understand what we(!) do.
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    (Original post by michaela_banana)
    And if you haven't read The Double Helix by James Watson, you should. Most of your early years lecturers will be research scientists not doctors, and it's important to understand what we(!) do.
    On the topic of research scientists books, "Genome" by Matt Ridley is a fantastic romp through the spheres of genetics especially within a historical context.
 
 
 
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