There are numerous books that portray the personal and professional struggles of healthcare professionals, the raw beauty of the clinical setting and the subtle, yet significant, victories that a career in medicine and surgery holds. But, where do you start?

To assist you in your search, the IASSS has established this database of reviews and critiques to give you a quick taste of our favourite medical and surgical literature.

Seven Signs of Life, Aoife Abbey

Every Second Counts, Donald McRae

Do No Harm, Henry Marsh

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman

Emotional Female, Yumiko Kadota

Gifted Hands, Ben Carson

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande

Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon, Michael J. Collins