Theresa Suart, our Educational Developer weighs in on how to nurture your educational self over the summer. We compiled a list of reading that may help stretch your medical/educational muscles over the summer. To make our list a book had to be recommended by a clinical faculty member as one that has changed or enhanced her/his perception of medicine or medical matters. Dr. Shayna Watson was very helpful in bringing to light some of the Medicine in Literature books. We’ve asked for your help in referring other books, so please jump in!

Remember days lazing at the beach, latest bestselling novel in hand? Or too-short summers with too-long required reading lists? Whatever your summer reading memories, longer days seem to go hand-in-hand with book list suggestions, so the Education Team decided to add its five-cents’ worth to the conversation.

Whether you’re getting away for a couple of weeks to the cottage, or still slogging away on the wards of KGH, summer can be a great time to expand perspectives, explore new ideas and nurture your soul with a good book.

So here’s our “Summer Ten” list (it’s not a “top 10” or a “10 must read”, it’s a “consider this” list… just to get you started). If you pull one of these from the shelves, please let us know what you think of it.

1. The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (available in the Stauffer Library)

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (available in the Education Library)

3. Nocturne: On the life and death of my brother by Helen Humphreys (On order by Stauffer Library)

4. Care of the Soul in Medicine by Thomas Moore

5. Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen (available in the Kingston Frontenac Public Library)

6. Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard (available in the Kingston Frontenac Public Library)

7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (available in the Kingston Frontenac Public Library)

8. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures: Stories by Vincent Lam (available in the Stauffer Library)

9. The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right by Atul Gawande (available in the Bracken Health Science Library)

10. Any of Atul Gawande’s essays from the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/atul_gawande/search?contributorName=atul%20gawande)

And a bonus #11 since any reading list needs some poetry (thank my Dad, the English teacher and poet, for instilling this in me):

In Whatever Houses We May Visit: Poems that have inspired physicians, edited by Michael A. LaCombe, and Thomas V. Hartman.
(Here’s a sample, from the previews on the acponline.org site, Pathology Report by Veneta Masson:
https://www.acponline.org/eBizATPRO/images/ProductImages/books/sample%20chapters/In%20Whatever%20Houses_%20Pathology%20Report.pdf

If you pull any of these from the shelves, please let us know what you think of it.

What’s on your list? Share your suggestions in the comments section below.