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What Books Will Radiologists Be Reading in 2023?

When radiologists or PACS admins are finished with a long shift, how do they unwind and relax? Some might hit the gym, golf course, dance floor, or challenge themselves with cooking a new recipe.

However, some might curl up with a good book.

What books will radiologists be reading in 2023? We put together a short list of books that might interest radiologists or PACS Admins:

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson has written acclaimed biographies of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. But, in this book published in 2021, Isaacson tells the true story of Jennifer Doudna, who helped invent CRISPR – an easy-to-use tool to edit DNA. After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna and her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. While tackling a deeply important scientific discovery, Isaacson’s book is a page-turning, fast and informative read.

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine by Olivia Campbell

As the necessary conversation continues about healthcare’s approach to women and diverse patients, many radiologists are reading a variety of books on the topic. While not radiology specific, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine is a compelling non-fiction account of three pioneering female physicians – Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Sophia Jex-Blake. In the 1800s, these women fought for a medical education before they even began seeing and treating patients.

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris

This well-researched, non-fiction page-turner tells the medical story of Harold Gilles, a pioneering British plastic surgeon who dedicated himself to repairing the facial injuries and disfigurements of soldiers grievously injured in World War 1. During a massive global war, Gilles invented and crafted many surgical techniques still in use today.

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke

O’Rourke writes about hard-to-diagnose and hard-to-categorize autoimmune diseases, such as Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), and now long COVID. The book reflects not just O’Rourke’s personal experiences of chronic illness, but also includes her interviews of doctors, patients, researchers, and public health experts, in her quest to understand the current treatment of chronic illnesses as well as patients’ experiences in the modern healthcare system.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

While not a new book, The Checklist Manifesto warrants a re-reading – or a first reading! Gawande –a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher – writes about the power of a simple checklist. For years, airplane pilots have flown increasingly complex airplanes by relying on rigorous checklists for every eventuality that may occur within the cockpit. Gawande also discusses the power of the checklist in medicine, including surgery examples as well as a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units that virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection.

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