Some good reading

  1. Can anyone recommend some good books about nursing, fiction or non?
    All I get from a search on Amazon is "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul" and drug reference guides. I'm looking for something that depicts the real lives of nurses.
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  3. by   jlcole45
    On another thread a nurse recently recommended this book and it lead me to others.

    Nursing Against the Odds
    by Suzanne Gordon.
  4. by   loriangel14
    There two good books by Tilda Shalof.One is called " A Nurse's Story" and the other is called " The Making of a Nurse". She is a Canadian ICU nurse.and they are both great reads.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Echo Heron's book. Starting from her experience in nursing school in the 1970's and then her career.

    steph
  6. by   TheCommuter
    House of God by Samuel Shem

    While not nursing-related, it is healthcare-oriented and humorous.
  7. by   Pepper The Cat
    "Domina" by Barabra Woods is one of my all time favourite books. Its about a woman who becomes a doctor in the 1880's - very medically accurate.
    "Vital Signs" by Barbara Woods is also good, so is "Soul Flame" - a woman healer in Egytian Times and "Green City in The Sun" - all by Barbara Woods.
    My copy of Domina and Vital Signs was read by almost every nurse on one unit I worked on. People were signing up, waiting to borrow the book!
  8. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    "Nursing Against the Odds" by Susan Gordon (duh see username)

    I love Tilda Shalof's books as well.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I like medical books period.

    Atul Gawande is an excellent writer/physican. His book "Complications" is one of the best books I've ever read. I'm now reading his new book, "better; A Surgeon's Notes on Performance".

    "The Woman With The Worm In Her Head" is an engrossing read about infectious diseases.

    "Baby ER" is a very good book about the history of NICU.

    "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Dow" by Anne Fadiman is about a Hmong child with seizures and the American Doctors who care for her and the collision of two cultures . . this is fascinating and sad.

    I'd go look in the medical section of Barnes and Noble . . .I buy a new book there every couple of weeks.

    steph
  10. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    I've also found books on the history of medicine fascinating. I really like to read about "what it was like before...". I saw a film recently about the first open-heart surgeons ("God's Own Hands"), made me cry like a baby. It still irks me that physicians are glorified constantly in these things, but the history is interesting enough that I try to overlook it.

    Oh yeah ... and if you're interested in midwifery at all read "Baby Catcher" - it was awesome.
  11. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    I am so bookmarking this thread!
  12. by   AMR21
    its not about nursing, but stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers is a great book. makes one wonder about donating their body "to science."
    i'm currently reading nurse by peggy anderson. its ok, not spactacular.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from amr21
    its not about nursing, but stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers is a great book. makes one wonder about donating their body "to science."
    i'm currently reading nurse by peggy anderson. its ok, not spactacular.
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    stiff is a great and funny and weird book!

    i read "nurse" too.


    steph
  14. by   ChocoholicRN
    I just have to add my input because I feel like I'm seeing my book list in everyone's responses! What I usually do, since I'm still poor, is go to the local Barnes and Noble, go to the Nursing/Medicine section and write down all the books that I want to read. I then head over to my local library and check them out (if available). I just reserved copies of the following (and i'm glad I did based on peoples responses): Complications (Atul Gawande), Stiff (Mary Roach), Life Support (Suzanne Gordon), and the list goes on!!

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