Truth is stranger than fiction.
So wrote Lord Byron nearly two centuries ago in the poem Don Juan, reportedly the first recorded use of that saying.
You don't need to tell that to the medical doctors--specialists--who authored the following nonfiction.
They already know.
Whether or not you work in healthcare, this list of titles is definitively worth exploring.
Fascinating stories, not to mention introspection on the part of these doctor/authors into their own place in the medical profession.
If you've never read a medical memoir, what are you waiting for?
by Henry Marsh
Entertainingly candid autobiography about neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's adventures--and insights--with respect to trying to alleviate suffering in poverty-stricken lands.
by Kurt Newman
A glimpse into the multifaceted joys and challenges inherent in caring for brave kids in a children's hospital. Newman also examines what the future holds for pediatrics.
by Vanessa Grubbs
Touching love story about how the personal and professional can intertwine. Primary care doctor Grubbs's donation of a kidney leads her to a new career as a kidney specialist.
by James Maskalyk
Explores the face of emergency medicine during humanitarian work in many global locales. Additionally, Maskalyk is an activist and a member of Médicine Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders.
by Ronald W. Dworkin
Sometimes unnecessary death results from medical error. However other times the cause is politics. What does this bode for the future of the medical profession? Dworkin provides an unvarnished look.
by Stephen Westaby
As Westaby can attest, heart surgeries are not formulaic nor commonplace; and they never will be. The responsibility of dealing with each unique heart demands not only skill but humanity.
Sometimes amazing things happen: heartbreak and hope on the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric prison ward
by Elizabeth Ford
Ford found her specialty during a psychiatry rotation. New York City jail inmates -- one of the most vulnerable groups among the mentally ill -- changed Ford's life, making her both a better doctor and person.