My favorite public health and health care books of 2020

Christmas Eve may be a little late in the vacation season to be recommending diaries, but then again, e-books can be a great last-minute gift for procrastinators. One constant that has helped hinder me sane during this stormy pandemic time has been always having a physical or virtual shelf of plotting notebooks to read next. As in previous years( interpret 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 ), this favorite volumes register is dictated alphabetically and includes a few that were new to me even though they were published before 2020.


1. Fallible: A Memoir of a Young Physician’s Struggle with Mental Illness, by Kyle Bradford Jones

2. Heart: A History, by Sandeep Jauhar

3. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker

4. Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat, by Fran Hawthorne

5. Malignant: How Bad Plan and Bad Evidence Harm People with Cancer, by Vinay Prasad

6. The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Approach That Work For Everyone, by Vivian Lee

7. Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy

8. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, by Dan Heath

9. When Death Becomes Life: Notation From A Transplant Surgeon, by Joshua Mezrich

10. When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error, by Danielle Ofri

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