Health and medicine books tend to be long on advice and how-to, and short on compelling narrative and literary merit.
But several new books this year proved to be welcome exceptions, from a lyrical history of the human heart to an absorbing tale of one of the country’s toughest inner-city hospitals. Here are my top-five picks.
Here’s a different kind of list. Read why Laura Landro chose these five books:
- Invasion of the Body: Revolutions in Surgery by Nicholas L. Tilney
- The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear by Seth Mnookin
- County: Life, Death and Politics as Chicago’s Public Hospital by David. A. Ansell
- The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart by Stephen Amidon and Thomas Amidon
- Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband