Medical Memoirs: Doctors Share Their Stories

Doctors in the medical field—whether M.D.s or Ph.D.s—put the well-being of others first. That drive also propelled these six authors to put pen to paper and share their life stories.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

This funny, candid memoir of Matt McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence.

Listen to an excerpt THE REAL DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU SHORTLY

 

Every Patient Tells A Story
Author: Lisa Sanders
Read By: Lisa Sanders

A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of the monthly New York Times Magazine column “Diagnosis,” which was the inspiration for the hit Fox TV series House, M.D.
Listen to an excerpt EVERY PATIENT TELLS A STORY

 

When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.
Listen to an excerpt WHEN BREATHE BECOMES AIR

 

On the Move
Author: Oliver Sacks
Read By: Dan Woren

On the Move is Oliver Sacks’s story of his life. A prolific author, this brilliantly unconventional physician illuminated the many ways in which the brain makes us human.
Listen to an excerpt ON THE MOVE

 

An Unquiet Mind

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. Here she examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed. This deeply powerful book has both transformed and saved lives.
Listen to an excerpt AN UNQUIET MIND

 

My Stroke of Insight

The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., a brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke, and was led to enlightenment.
Listen to an excerpt MY STROKE OF INSIGHT