The book I’ve been recommending to everyone this summer is The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer. It’s a fabulous history of the last 200 years of medicine in this country, and a well-researched guide to the complexities of both the science and politics of cancer. Plus, it’s a page-turner.
Books on my to-read list include:
Illness as a Metaphor by Susan Sontag
Chasing Medical Miracles, The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trials by Alex O’Meara who wrote the beautiful essay, Curing Diabetes: Would I Do It Again?
I also recommend Anna Karenina or anything by Milan Kundera, because everyone should read those.