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Books to help patients,family and caregivers

The following is a list of recommended books. Some of these books have been written by patients, others by doctors, and still others by advocates. We believe that each book holds valuable information that can help you to become the most successful patient you can be.

You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes by Trisha Torrey. Minneapolis, MN: Langdon Street Press, 2010


Aftershock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You—Or Someone You Love—a Devastating Diagnosis by Jessie Gruman, Ph.D. New York: Walker & Company 2007


Fatal Care: Survive in the U.S. Health System by Sanjaya Kumar, MD. Minneapolis: IGI Press, 2008


The Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones by Jari Holland Buck. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2007


Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2003


The Great American Heart Hoax: Lifesaving Advice Your Doctor Should Tell You About Heart Disease Prevention (But Probably Never Will) by Michael Ozner, MD. Benbella Books, 2008


How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, MD. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007


The Empowered Patient: Hundreds of Life-Saving Facts, Action Steps and Strategies You Need to Know by Julia Hallisy, DDS. San Francisco: Bold Spirit Press, 2008


Notes from the Waiting Room: Managing a Loved One’s End-of-Life Hospitalization by Bart Windrum. Boulder, CO: Axiom Action Publishing, 2008


Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now by Steven Z. Kussin, MD. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011


The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid. New York: Penguin Books, 2010


Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande. New York: Picador, 2007


The Patient’s Checklists: 10 Simple Hospital Checklists to Keep you Safe, Sane & Organized by Elizabeth Bailey. Sterling, 2012.


I Need an Operation... Now What? A Patient’s Guide to a Safe and Successful Outcome by Thomas R. Russell, MD. American College of Surgeons and Thomson Healthcare, 2008.

"The Patient Advocate's Handbook" By James Thomas Williams Foreword By Jon Kobashigawa MD

"Critical Conditions The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive" By Martine Ehrenclou,M.A.

"When Doctors Don't Listen How to avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests" By Leana Wen,M.D, and Joshua Kosowsky,M.D.

"Pain Tracking Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Chronic Pain" By Deborah Barret