Unassigned Reading

Recommended reading from leading figures in the medical humanities and associated fields.

REMEDIA

With the arrival of the New Year, a buffet table of possible resolutions presents itself. Your doctor might advise giving up alcohol or visiting the gym more often. A life-enhancing but less painful commitment would be to read one book from our list below. Each comes highly recommended from leading figures in the medical humanities and associated fields.

from Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 7.49.30 PMI started reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest out of of a correspondence with D.T. Max, Wallace’s biographer. I read 5 to 10 pages a day, early early morning, watching the light come into the sky, feeling that I was being opened by this masterpiece of writing, this shocking exposure of what can be done with words. I got more cynical by virtue of reading the book—started to suspect things, see under things, figure there was an angle here…

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