Medical Arts and Humanities

Medical Arts and Humanities is a rising field in Medicine. The need to engage with humanities, arts, culture and sociology is not lost on physicians and the inclusion of medical humanities in many medical degree programmes is a testament to the importance of reflecting on life generally, reflecting on medicine as a human, on all levels and engaging with patients and yourself through poetry, art, and writing.

Here we provide an ever expanding, and by no means complete, list of some suggestions for you to engage with. If you want make a suggestion for the list – hit us up at or



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On Being Mortal  Atul Gawande

Do No Harm  Henry Marsh

When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi

Mans Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey

A Whole Life Robert Seethaler

Until Further Notice, I am Alive Tom Lubbock

Anils Ghost Michael Ondatjee

The Fault in Our Stars John Green

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese

Probably Nothing Matilda Tristram

On Immunity: An Inoculation Eula Biss

The Tennis Partner Abraham Verghese

The House of God Samuel Shem

The Iceberg Marion Coutts

The Body in the Library: A Literary Anthology of Modern Medicine WH Auden

My Own Country Abraham Verghese

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Mark Haddon

Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks

The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida

Noah Barleywater Runs Away John Boyne

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman

It’s all in Your Head Suzanne O’Sullivan

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot

Every Patient Tells a Story Lisa Sanders

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks

It’s Not Yet Dark Simon Fitzmaurice

Before I Die Jenny Downham

My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult

Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey

So Much for That Lionel Shriver

It’s Going To Hurt Adam Kay

Bite Sized Fiona Hamilton

The Other Side Kate granger

Odd Girl Out Laura James

Thanks for the Feedback Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

The Woman with a Worm in her Head and Other Stories Pamela Nagami

Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient Norman Cousins

Music and Madness Ivor Browne

How to be Human Ruby Wax

Gratitude Oliver Sacks



After Amy (2001)

Awakenings (1990)

Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Dying Young (1991)

Elephant Man (1980)

Erin Brokovich (1999)

Flatliners (1990)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Heartsounds (1984)

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)

If you’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)

Iris (2001)

K-Pax (2001)

Losing Isaiah (1999)

Marvin’s Room (1996)

Me Before You (2016)

My Left Foot (1989)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Patch Adams (1998)

Philadelphia (1993)

Precious (2009)

Rain Man (1988)

Sicko (2007)

Something the Lord Made (2004)

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Still Alice (2014)

The Big Sick (2017)

The Doctor (1991)

The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

The Insider (1999)

The Rider (2017)

The Ryan White Story (1989)

The Verdict (1982)

Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

Whose Life Is it Anyway? (1981)

Wit (2001)

Wonder (2017)

You Don’t Know Jack (2010)