Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Internal Medicine. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
"Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." ( AudioFile Magazine ) This program is read by the authors. Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand. “Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives." (Oprah Winfrey) This audiobook is going to change the way you see your life. Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question. Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the audiobook, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future - opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
- Author: Oprah Winfrey
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Child
2. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score , he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
- Author: Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2015)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-0143127741
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
3. Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is on a mission to tackle one of the most stubborn health problems in the country: chronic disease in the African American community. African Americans are heavier and sicker than any other group in the U.S., with nearly half of all Black adults suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease. After Adams woke up with severe vision loss one day in 2016, he learned that he was one of the nearly 5 million Black people living with diabetes-and, according to his doctor, he would have it for the rest of his life. A police officer for more than two decades, Adams was a connoisseur of the fast-food dollar menu. Like so many Americans with stressful jobs, the last thing he wanted to think about was eating healthfully. Fast food was easy, cheap, and comfortable. His diet followed him from the squad car to the state senate, and then to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where it finally caught up with him. But Adams was not ready to become a statistic. There was a better option besides medication and shots of insulin: food. Within three months of adopting a plant-based diet, he lost 35 pounds, lowered his cholesterol by 30 points, restored his vision, and reversed his diabetes. Now he is on a mission to revolutionize the health of not just the borough of Brooklyn, but of African Americans across the country. Armed with the hard science and real-life stories of those who have transformed their bodies by changing their diet, Adams shares the key steps for a healthy, active life. With this book, he shows readers how to avoid processed foods, cut down on salt, get more fiber, and substitute beef, chicken, pork, and dairy with delicious plant-based alternatives. In the process he explores the origins of soul food-a cuisine deeply important to the Black community, but also one rooted in the horrors of slavery-and how it can be reimagined with healthy alternatives. Features more than 50 recipes from celebrities and health experts, including Paul McCartney, Queen Afua, Jenné Claiborne, Bryant Jennings, Charity Morgan, Moby, and more! The journey to good health begins in the kitchen-not the hospital bed!
- Author: Eric Adams
- Publisher: Hay House Inc.; 1st edition (October 13, 2020)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
- ISBN: 978-1401960568
- Dimensions: 6.25 x 0.81 x 9.25 inches
4. The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System
Help heal inflammation with this comprehensive guide and cookbook Jump-start your new diet with ease thanks to The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners . This anti-inflammation cookbook features essential health information, flavorful recipes, and a two-week meal plan to help you start off right. Keep things simple as you learn how to shop for healing ingredients, plan your meals, batch-prep ahead of time, and even use your leftovers for other meals. Most of the recipes use only five main ingredients that can be found easily and affordably at any grocery store. This inflammation-fighting cookbook includes: Beginner-friendly info ―Lay the foundation for a lifetime of health and vitality with anti-inflammatory diet basics, foods to eat and avoid, and kitchen stocking tips. A complete meal plan ―Get a two-week meal plan to jump-start your progress, complete with shopping lists, recipes, and nutritional information. Recipe tips and tricks ―Learn how to get the most out of these anti-inflammatory diet recipes with advice for substituting ingredients and storing leftovers. Anti-inflammation benefits ―Get relief from the symptoms of chronic inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, IBD, Crohn’s disease, and more. Discover how The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners can help you eat better and feel better every day.
- Author: Dorothy Calimeris
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (April 11, 2017)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-1623159047
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
5. The Premonition: A Pandemic Story
New York Times Bestseller For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about. Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19. The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work. Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.
- Author: Michael Lewis
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (May 4, 2021)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-0393881554
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
6. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss (Why Intermittent Fasting Is the Key to Controlling Your Weight) (Book 1)
FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR DR. JASON FUNG: The landmark book that is helping thousands of people lose weight for good. Harness the power of intermittent fasting for lasting weight loss Understand the science of weight gain, obesity, and insulin resistance Enjoy an easy and delicious low carb, high fat diet Ditch calorie counting, yoyo diets, and excessive exercise for good Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of the hormones insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung, long considered the founder of intermittent fasting, sets out an original theory of obesity and weight gain. He shares five basic steps to controlling your insulin for better health. And he explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.
- Author: Dr. Jason Fung
- Publisher: Greystone Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2016)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-1771641258
7. We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook
Become an excellent first-time dad and an all-time great partner Being a great first-time dad doesn’t mean being perfect; it means participating in the experience with empathy and confidence. From the basics of pregnancy, to designing a birthing plan, to tips on being helpful and supportive for your partner, We’re Pregnant! provides all the need-to-know information on how to be a fully prepared parent. Featuring must-ask questions for the doctor, milestone trackers, and more, this funny and friendly standout among pregnancy books also takes you beyond the due date, offering a helping hand on how to plan and perfect your own style of childcare. This essential guide for new dads help you: Focus on one month at a time ―Organized by each month in each trimester, you’ll know exactly what to expect and which milestones are coming up. Look forward to your growing family ―Keep your relationship healthy by setting family goals like creating a fun pregnancy announcement or planning a relaxing trip. Find insight on issues big and small ―Learn how to thrive as new parents with useful tips on everything from bottle temperature to bonding with your new baby. Become a pro parent with this relatable dad book that tells you everything you need to know.
- Author: Adrian Kulp
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (April 24, 2018)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-1939754684
- Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
8. All That Remains: A Renowned Forensic Scientist on Death, Mortality, and Solving Crimes
Book of the Year, 2018 Saltire Literary Awards A CrimeReads Best True Crime Book of the Month For fans of Caitlin Doughty, Mary Roach, Kathy Reichs, and CSI shows, a renowned forensic scientist on death and mortality. Dame Sue Black is an internationally renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist. She has lived her life eye to eye with the Grim Reaper, and she writes vividly about it in this book, which is part primer on the basics of identifying human remains, part frank memoir of a woman whose first paying job as a schoolgirl was to apprentice in a butcher shop, and part no-nonsense but deeply humane introduction to the reality of death in our lives. It is a treat for CSI junkies, murder mystery and thriller readers, and anyone seeking a clear-eyed guide to a subject that touches us all. Cutting through hype, romanticism, and cliché, she recounts her first dissection; her own first acquaintance with a loved one’s death; the mortal remains in her lab and at burial sites as well as scenes of violence, murder, and criminal dismemberment; and about investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident, or natural disaster, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She uses key cases to reveal how forensic science has developed and what her work has taught her about human nature. Acclaimed by bestselling crime writers and fellow scientists alike, All That Remains is neither sad nor macabre. While Professor Black tells of tragedy, she also infuses her stories with a wicked sense of humor and much common sense.
- Author: Sue Black
- Publisher: Arcade (March 5, 2019)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
9. Fast. Feast. Repeat.: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny® Intermittent Fasting--Including the 28-Day FAST Start
The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller! Change when you eat and change your body, your health, and your life! Diets don’t work. You know you know that, and yet you continue to try them, because what else can you do? You can Fast. Feast. Repeat. After losing over eighty pounds and keeping every one of them off, Gin Stephens started a vibrant, successful online community with hundreds of thousands of members from around the world who have learned the magic of a Delay, Don’t Deny® intermittent fasting lifestyle. Fast. Feast. Repeat. has it all! You’ll learn how to work a variety of intermittent fasting approaches into your life, no matter what your circumstances or schedule. Once you’ve ignited your fat-burning superpower, you’ll get rid of “diet brain” forever, tweak your protocol until it’s second nature, and learn why IF is a lifestyle, not a diet. Fast. Feast. Repeat. is for everyone! Beginners will utilize the 28-Day FAST Start. Experienced intermittent fasters will strengthen their intermittent fasting practice, work on their mindset, and read about the latest research out of top universities supporting intermittent fasting as the health plan with a side effect of weight loss. Still have questions? Gin has you covered! All of the most frequently asked intermittent fasting questions are answered in the exhaustive FAQ section.
- Author: Gin Stephens
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2020)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diseases & Physical Ailments
- ISBN: 978-1250757623
- Dimensions: 5.44 x 0.93 x 8.29 inches
10. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert - Professor Matthew Walker, director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab - reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better. Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive. But an explosion of scientific discoveries in the last 20 years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Among so many other things, within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. Walker answers important questions about sleep: How do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us, and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and immensely accessible, Why We Sleep is the crucial account on sleep that will forever change listeners' minds on the subject.
- Author: Matthew Walker
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neuroscience