A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

by Kevin Hazzard

Interested in trauma medicine? This is a great inside look at trauma medicine and working in healthcare generally. Through stories of absurd patients, stolen ambulances, hard cases, and never-ending shifts, Hazzard poignantly describes the beauty of helping others, the stress of medicine and the incidence of burn-out.

Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo

by Brett Hendrickson

This book is an amazing inside look into differing cultural approaches to medicine and healing. It outlines the power of the indigenous “curanderismo” which is focused on folk and religious healing rituals and ideas. The cultural perspective in medicine is becoming more and more important in a holistic view in patient care and this book perfectly grounds readers in that multicultural approach.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

by Anne Fadiman

This is another moving story that illustrates the importance of understanding and navigating cultural differences in patient care. This book also paints an important critical picture of the state of American biomedicine and emphasizes the importance of individualizing patient care instead of generalizing it.

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