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My Lockdown Reading List

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

I find that reading is one of the best and most productive things to do during lockdown other than school work.

For med school and dental school applicants lockdown is a great opportunity to get through a couple of books written by doctors (see the post on Productive Things I'm Doing in Lockdown for more detail) which are generally a good read but also they address important ethical topics and are also a good thing to put on your personal statement/ talk about in interviews.

I personally also enjoy reading self-help books, mostly because it makes me feel like I am doing something somewhat useful.

Below is a list of books I have read/ am reading with a quick summary/ review:

Books for medicine/ dentistry I've read:

War Doctor

  • About a general surgeon who regularly goes into war zones to perform various surgeries, often in unfavourable conditions.

  • High recommend

  • Written very well, some parts comparable to scenes in fiction books- very exciting

Face to Face

  • Written by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon

  • Highly recommend for dentists and those interested

  • More of an educational vibe, good read nonetheless

  • Everything That Makes Us Human

  • Written by a paediatric neurosurgeon

  • Brings up meaningful insights into working with children and juicy ethical issues

  • Highly recommend

Do No Harm

  • Written by a neurosurgeon

  • More of an educational/ informative vibe

  • A good read

Dear Life

  • Written by a palliative doctor, working in a hospice

  • Educational and informative but also very moving

  • Very well written

  • Must read for all

  • In depth review in a previous post

Medical Ethics: A Very Short Intro

  • Discusses ethical issues in medicine

  • Very good read for interviews

Books for medicine/ dentistry I intend to read next:

  • Bad Pharma

  • Bad Medicine

  • Being Mortal

  • Trust Me I'm A Junior Doctor

  • When Breath Becomes Air

Self-help/other non-fiction books I've read:

The Courage To Be Disliked

  • Meaningful insights on ways to live your life and relationships with others

  • Written in a very unique way

  • Very highly recommend

I'm Okay, You're Okay

  • Based on transactional analysis- interesting concept within psychology on social interaction

  • Tough but very good read, highly recommend

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

  • The title explains it well

  • Good read, with actionable tips

  • Recommend

Atomic Habits

  • About creating habits that stick

  • Personally didn't find it that useful but many have the highest praise for this book

How To Talk To Anyone

  • Actionable tips on improving social interaction

  • Recommend

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