University of Wisconsin–Madison

Recommended Resources

Books to read

Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Heavy: An American Memoir 
by Kiese Laymon
Health Humanities Reader
, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear, and Lester D. Friedman
The New Jim Crow
 by Michelle Alexander
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Alvord
The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by David Ansell
Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between by Theresa Brown
Uncommon Wisdom: True Tales of What Our Lives as Doctors Have Taught Us About Love, Faith, and Healing by John Castaldo and Lawrence Levitt
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Better by Atul Gawande
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew
Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda
The Woman Who Decided to Die by Ronald Munson
The Soul of Medicine by Sherwin B. Nuland
How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
How We Live by Sherwin B. Nuland
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Orfi
Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine by Danielle Orfi
Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health by Augustus White
What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student’s Journey by Audrey Young

Speakers to listen to

Atul Gawande, How do we heal medicine? (TED Talk, 2012)
David R. Williamson, How racism makes us sick (TED Talk, 2016)
Kristie Overstreet, What doctors should know about gender identity (TED Talk, 2017)
Atul Gawande, Want to get great at something? Get a coach (TED Talk, 2017)

Films to Watch

Doctors’ Diaries  (aired on PBS in 2009)
Money and Medicine (aired on PBS in 2012)
Heroes of Children’s Hospital  (aired on NBC in 2010)
Documentaries and other Films about Health Care