Honoring Medical Practioners

May 12th marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.  In honor of both her and all the dedicated doctors and nurses out there consider reading one of these biographies about their experiences.
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Into the unknown : the remarkable life of Hans Kraus Susan E B Schwartz Into the unknown : the remarkable life of Hans Kraus cover image
Twisting fate : my journey with BRCA--from breast cancer doctor to patient and back Pamela N Munster Twisting fate : my journey with BRCA--from breast cancer doctor to patient and back cover image
Florence Nightingale : the making of an icon Mark Bostridge Florence Nightingale : the making of an icon cover image
Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician Sandeep Jauhar Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician cover image
The professor of secrets : mystery, medicine, and alchemy in Renaissance Italy William Eamon The professor of secrets : mystery, medicine, and alchemy in Renaissance Italy cover image
The pact : three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream Sampson Davis The pact : three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream cover image
I wasn't strong like this when I started out : true stories of becoming a nurse I wasn't strong like this when I started out : true stories of becoming a nurse cover image
Opening my heart : a journey from nurse to patient and back again Tilda Shalof Opening my heart : a journey from nurse to patient and back again cover image
Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum James Delbourgo Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum cover image
You can stop humming now : a doctor's stories of life, death, and in between Daniela Lamas You can stop humming now : a doctor's stories of life, death, and in between cover image
Arthur Conan Doyle : beyond Baker Street Janet B Pascal Arthur Conan Doyle : beyond Baker Street cover image
It's easier to reach heaven than the end of the street : a Jerusalem memoir Emma Williams It's easier to reach heaven than the end of the street : a Jerusalem memoir cover image
In shock : my journey from death to recovery and the redemptive power of hope Rana Awdish In shock : my journey from death to recovery and the redemptive power of hope cover image
Mountains beyond mountains Tracy Kidder Mountains beyond mountains cover image
Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France Alex Kershaw Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France cover image
Inside the mental : silence, stigma, psychiatry, and LSD Kay Parley Inside the mental : silence, stigma, psychiatry, and LSD cover image
Phoning home : essays Jacob M Appel Phoning home : essays cover image
Goldberger's war : the life and work of a public health crusader Alan M Kraut Goldberger's war : the life and work of a public health crusader cover image
Mountains beyond mountains Tracy Kidder Mountains beyond mountains cover image
Kitchen table wisdom : stories that heal Rachel Naomi Remen Kitchen table wisdom : stories that heal cover image
I shall not hate : a Gaza doctor's journey on the road to peace and human dignity Izzeldin Abuelaish I shall not hate : a Gaza doctor's journey on the road to peace and human dignity cover image
Black man in a white coat : a doctor's reflections on race and medicine Damon Tweedy Black man in a white coat : a doctor's reflections on race and medicine cover image
Fatal decision: Edith Cavell, World War I nurse Terri Arthur Fatal decision: Edith Cavell, World War I nurse cover image
Free refills : a doctor confronts his addiction Peter Grinspoon Free refills : a doctor confronts his addiction cover image
The story of San Michele Axel Munthe The story of San Michele cover image
Something for the pain : one doctor's account of life and death in the ER Paul Austin Something for the pain : one doctor's account of life and death in the ER cover image
The sky below Scott Parazynski The sky below cover image
Tears of salt : a doctor's story Pietro Bartolo Tears of salt : a doctor's story cover image
Red lights and green lizards : a Cambodian adventure Liz Anderson Red lights and green lizards : a Cambodian adventure cover image
The Wahls protocol : how I beat progressive MS using Paleo principles and functional medicine Terry L Wahls The Wahls protocol : how I beat progressive MS using Paleo principles and functional medicine cover image
Mountains beyond mountains Tracy Kidder Mountains beyond mountains cover image
Home before morning : the story of an army nurse in Vietnam Lynda Van Devanter Home before morning : the story of an army nurse in Vietnam cover image
Oblivion : a memoir Héctor Joaquín Abad Faciolince Oblivion : a memoir cover image
Medicine in translation : journeys with my patients Danielle Ofri Medicine in translation : journeys with my patients cover image
A scientist in wonderland : a memoir of searching for truth and finding trouble E Ernst A scientist in wonderland : a memoir of searching for truth and finding trouble cover image
The woman who cured cancer : the story of cancer pioneer Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, M.D., and the discovery of the cancer-causing microbe Edmond G Addeo The woman who cured cancer : the story of cancer pioneer Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, M.D., and the discovery of the cancer-causing microbe cover image
Doctors : the illustrated history of medical pioneers Sherwin B Nuland Doctors : the illustrated history of medical pioneers cover image
Damn the naysayers : a doctor's memoir Douglas P Zipes Damn the naysayers : a doctor's memoir cover image
Two centuries, two countries, two husbands : a memoir Luisa Stigol Two centuries, two countries, two husbands : a memoir cover image
Slow medicine : the way to healing Victoria Sweet Slow medicine : the way to healing cover image
Bryson City tales : stories of a doctor's first year of practice in the Smoky Mountains Walter L Larimore Bryson City tales : stories of a doctor's first year of practice in the Smoky Mountains cover image
Mom's marijuana : insights about living Dan Shapiro Mom's marijuana : insights about living cover image
Hospital sketches Louisa May Alcott Hospital sketches cover image
The last man who knew everything : Thomas Young, the anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta stone, among other feats of genius Andrew Robinson The last man who knew everything : Thomas Young, the anonymous polymath who proved Newton wrong, explained how we see, cured the sick, and deciphered the Rosetta stone, among other feats of genius cover image
Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero Christian Di Spigna Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero cover image
Dottoressa : an American doctor in Rome Susan Levenstein Dottoressa : an American doctor in Rome cover image
In the land of invisible women : a female doctor's journey in the Saudi Kingdom Qanta Ahmed In the land of invisible women : a female doctor's journey in the Saudi Kingdom cover image
As I live and breathe : notes of a patient-doctor Jamie Weisman As I live and breathe : notes of a patient-doctor cover image
The polio wars : Sister Elizabeth Kenny and the golden age of American medicine Naomi Rogers The polio wars : Sister Elizabeth Kenny and the golden age of American medicine cover image
Combat doctor : life and death stories from Kandahar's military hospital Marc Dauphin Combat doctor : life and death stories from Kandahar's military hospital cover image