Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book pile for non-clinicians

a pile of books

I usually draw from this pile whenever someone who isn’t a health care clinician asks me to suggest a book on the general topic of serious illness, care at end of life, or what happens after.

It’s not exclusive or exhaustive, but good enough for a start.

These were written for the general public. Five are by physicians, one by an epidemiologist, two by funeral directors, one by a nurse and a dog, and two by journalists - one who also wrote obituaries for Princess Diana, Jacqueline Onassis, Katherine Hepburn, Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, and Marlon Brando.

I’m also going to re-read each of them as the year winds along.

Titles and authors
(from the bottom, up)

The Anatomy of Hope, Jerome Groopman, MD
How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland, MD
Extreme Measures, Jessica Nutter Zitter, MD
Aging With Grace, David Snowdon, PhD
The Dead Beat, Marilyn Johnson
Stay of Execution, Stewart Alsop
JJ’s Journey, Tracy Calhoun (CHPN) and JJ
From Here to Eternity, Caitlin Doughty
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, MD
The Conversation, Angelo Volandes, MD
The Undertaking, Thomas Lynch