List of Great Readings

Readings: Medical Lives

  • Ellen Ronald Bayer and Gerald M. Oppenheimer, AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic.  An Oral History (2000)
  • Michael Bliss, Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery (2005)
  • Tracy Kidder, Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (2003)
  • Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Conduct Unbecoming a Woman: Medicine on Trial in Turn-of-the-Century Brooklyn (1999)
  • Ellen. More, Elizabeth Fee, and Manon Parry, eds., Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine (2009)
  • Arleen Marcia Tuchman, Science Has No Sex: The Life of Marie Zakrzewska, M.D. (2006)

Readings: Illness Narratives

  • Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face (1994)
  • John J. Gunther, Death Be Not Proud (1949)
  • Arthur Kleinman, The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition (1988)
  • Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals (1980)
  • Marjorie Williams (edited by Timothy Noah), The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate (2005)

Readings: Disease

  • Robert A. Aronowitz, Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society (2007)
  • Chris Feudtner, Bitter Sweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (2003)
  • Janet Golden, Message in a Bottle: The Making and Unmaking of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (2005)
  • Howard Markel, When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics that Have Invaded America and the Fears They Have Unleashed (2004)
  • Gregg Mitman, Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes (2007)
  • Keith Wailoo, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (2001)

Readings: Medical Ethnographies

  • Charles L. Briggs (with Clara Mantini-Briggs), Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare (2003)
  • Philippe Bourgeois, In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (1996)
  • Cathy J. Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness : AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (1999)
  • Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (1997)
  • Julie Livingston, Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana (2005)
  • Luise White, Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (2000)

Readings: Pharmaceuticals & Drugs

  • Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society. On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (2007)
  • Adrianna Petryna, Andrew Lakoff, and Arthur Kleinman, Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices. (2006)
  • Nicolas Rasmussen, On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine (2008)
  • David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman, The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement (2003)
  • Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, eds., Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History (2007)

Readings: Bodies, Sick & Well

  • Mary E. Fissell, Vernacular Bodies: The Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern England (2004)
  • Shigehisa Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine (1999)
  • Emily Martin, Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS (1994)
  • Katherine Park, Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection (2006)
  • Deanna Petherbridge and Ludmilla Jordanova, The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy (1997)
  • Ruth Richardson, The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy: Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame (2008)

Readings: Women's Health History

  • Judith A. Houck, Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America (2006)
  • Jonathan Michel Metzl, Prozac on the Coach: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs (2003)
  • Leslie J. Reagan, When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973 (1997)
  • Barron H. Lerner, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America (2001)
  • Sally Morgen, Into Our Own Hands: The Women’s Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990 (2002)
  • Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America (2007)

Readings: Medicine & Colonialism

  • Warwick Anderson, Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines (2006)
  • Richard C. Keller, Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (2007)
  • Paula M. Michaels, Curative Powers: Medicine and Empire in Stalin’s Central Asia (2003)
  • Ann Laura Stoler, Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002)
  • Ruth Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China (2004)

Readings: Doctors in Classic Fiction

  • A.J. Cronin, The Citadel (1937)
  • Lloyd C. Douglas, Green Light (1935)
  • Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith (1924)
  • Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924)
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Doctor Zay (1882)

Readings: By Physician Writers

  • Rita Charon, Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (2006)
  • Atul Gewande, Complications : A  Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (2002)
  • Arthur Kleinman, What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life Amidst Uncertainty and Danger (2006)
  • Sherwin B. Nuland, How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (1994)
  • Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985)
  • Richard Selzer, Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery (1976)
  • Abraham Verghese, My Own Country: A Doctor's Story (1994)