Top 10 Best Books to Give to a Medical Student

Top best books to give to a medical student

Best Books to Give to a Medical Student – Anatomy , genetics and physiology textbooks will likely be at the side of students who are into medical studies, and you’ll be reading through most of these countless scientific papers which surely are demanding and needs keen attention, but you might wish to read something beforehand that takes you into a deeper world of medicine in the practical sense : whether that’s research, at the clinic or while in the operating unit/room.

With that being said, this article highlights some of the books that we think will give you a good idea of what the Medical science is outside your study materials. Do well to get one for yourself (if you are a medical student) or for your friend in Medical sciences.

Top Best Books to Give to a Medical Student

1. Hot Lights, Cold Steel : A Book Written by Michael J. Collins, M.D.

Hot Lights Cold Steel by Michael J. Collins M.D

This book gives an account of the memoir Orthopedic surgeon’s four-year residency while at the Mayo Clinic. The book ‘Hot Lights, Cold Steel’ is a sure book that takes you deeper into the operating room. The Author of the book, Dr. Collins narrates an excellent story with his writing and this book is an excellent choice to behold.

2. Emergency Doctor A Book Written by Edward Ziegler & Lewis R. Goldfrank, M.D.

Emergency Doctor by Edward Ziegler and Lewis R. Goldfrank M.D

Emergency Doctor is a very interesting book in which an emergency physician named Dr. Edward Ziegler, carefully drives you into the often crazy units in the emergency department of Bellevue Hospital. In all the chapter work of this book, Dr. Ziegler narrates the story of a different encounter with a lot of patients who are in the emergency department.

The encounter in this book are interested, shocking and they also can serve as source of entertainment. Though some of the stories are tragic. You can still find others that are funny. For someone in a premed school or even a freshman in a medical school, the stories are eye-openers and they are very interesting while serving as a great sneak peek into the front-lines of your career in medical sciences.

3. Better : A Book Written by Atul Gawande, M.D.

Better by Atul Gawande M.D

You are on the right path when you get any book written by Dr. Gawande’s books, including his book titled Better, you can check his book titled ‘Complications’ or The Checklist Manifesto ( which takes closer look at how to minimize errors in medical school). Better has several essays and is categorically graded into three (3) main sections. It takes a look at the different issues in healthcare and other careers like insurance, lawsuits, and more.

4. The Soul of a Doctor , A Book Written by Susan Pories, M.D., Sachin H. Jain, & Gordon Harper, M.D.

The Soul of a Doctor by Susan Pories M.D. Sachin H. Jain and Gordon Harper M.D

The Soul of a Doctor is a book which has many dozen accounts of medical students all joined and put together. It takes you to a time when physicians were not tired, jaded, and upset with the system that made them, and it takes you into a deeper insight on the growth of these physicians in training.

5. The Intern Blues A Book Written by Robert Marion, M.D.

The Intern Blues by Robert Marion M.D

One of the first books that is recommended if you want to read about the medical training, this book takes you into interesting account of what life is like as an intern. This is an account of several pediatric interns that serves as a diary for their trials & tribulations.

6. Med School Confidential A Book Written by Robert H. Miller & Daniel M. Bissell, M.D.

Med School Confidential by Robert H. Miller and Daniel M. Bissell M.D

One of the best books to get for medical school, Medical School Confidential has everything from A to Z that you need. Scores have also been gathered about how many students that the book has helped and how it helped them to see the path to becoming a physician clearly.

7. In Stitches A Book Written by Anthony Youn, M.D.

In Stitches by Anthony Youn M.D

A memoir carefully written by Dr. Youn, a plastic surgeon, he is also a writer, and a television personality. This book drives you into his life on the path to becoming the physician he is today. You can sure get one for a medical student you know

8. The House of God A Book Written by Samuel Shem, M.D.

The House of God by Samuel Shem M.D

The House of God is a special book, a book published in the year 1978 which is a must read for any premedical or for person in medical schools. Dr. Samuel Shem rides us on a thrilling & challenging journey into his life as an intern at a then premier teaching hospital sited in Boston.

Through his book of art, he narrates how he met his fellow interns, the residents who supervised and caught him, and the nurses he worked with. His daydreams sometimes seems to bleed into his reality with fantasy as well as sexual encounters. He and his fellow doctors are seen struggling with severe cases and tragic circumstances that transform their lives for good. While this memoir is not really giving a realistic preview of what you should look forward to on the wards nowadays in the 21st century, it is actually a very interesting and you just have to read it or get for your medical friend.

9. Complications A Book Written by Atul Gawande, M.D.

Complications by Atul Gawande M.D

Complications is a must read and it is a book written by one of the top-notch writers in the present day medical memoirs , Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon working at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and he is an advocate for enhancing the quality of patient care.
In Complications , the author of this book , Dr. Gawande tells us about the challenging cases and problems he has come across as a surgeon in training and in practice. His honest testimony will enlighten you and help you move forward in the medical field. This is a perfect read for any physician and anyone entering into medical sciences.

10. White Coat A Book Written by Ellen L. Rothman, M.D.

White Coat by Ellen L. Rothman M.D

White Coat is a narration of Dr. Ellen Lerner Rothman’s journey which gives an account of her journey in becoming a physician at Harvard Medical School. She rides into each year of medical school. And her journey from the wonder of gross anatomy lab then, progressing into classes in her classroom years, and of course into the years working in the clinical units of the hospital.


You can get these books for a medical student in your list or for yourself if you are a medical student. These books takes you to a time when physicians were not tired, jaded, and upset with the system that made them, and it takes you into a deeper insight on the growth of these physicians in training.

Frequently Asked Questions

What books do first year medical students use?

Year One Medical Students.

Foundations of Patient Care.




Gross Anatomy.



What is best for medical student?


Clinical Research.


Biomedical Sciences.



Nutrition and Dietetics.

Forensic Science and Criminology.

What is the best book for studying medicine?

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. …

This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. …

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Healthcare Handbook by David Werner.

What is the name of the book that doctors use?

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy

What books would Dr House read?

Lupus. The Facts.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat and Other Clinical Tales. by Sacks, Oliver.

This Old Guitar.

Soap Opera Weekly.

The Motorcycle.

The New England Journal of Medicine.

An Arrow Through the Heart.


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