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Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Health Care Wonk Summer Reading List

Last week, I mentioned that I had just finished reading Prof. Andrew Koppelman's book "The Tough-Luck Constitution," and said that it was a little outside of my usual summer reading lists.  Then I thought about it, and realized that despite my best efforts to avoid health-care-related summer reading in favor of lighter fare, every summer I wind up reading at least one or two health-related books that don't involve bodice-ripping and swooning, but are not quite as heavy as a casebook or treatise.  So here are a few of the books that I have read over the past several years that I think belong on any health law wonk's summer reading list.  They also make great supplements for health law classes:

The Truth About the Drug Companies - Dr. Marcia Angell

The Great Influenza - John Barry

How We Do Harm - Dr. Otis Brawley

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Fadiman

Flu - Gina Kolata

Unaccountable - Dr. Marty Makary

Medicine & Culture - Lynn Payer

The Healing of America - T.R. Reid

A Taste of My Own Medicine - Dr. Edward E. Rosenbaum

Hospital - Julie Salomon

God's Hotel - Dr. Victoria Sweet

I have avoided some very worthy, but more academic reads, such as Paul Starr's seminal "The Social Transformation of American Medicine," but of course, if you can concentrate while sipping that Corona at the beach or on your boat, go for it.  And no, I get no kickbacks, incentives, or pens with names on them from any of these authors in exchange for my listing.




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