6 Must-Read Books in 2020 for Healthcare Professionals

6 Must-Read Books in 2020 for Healthcare Professionals

For those that want to broaden their understanding or gain some insight into the complex industry that healthcare is, these books should be in your TBR pile. You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed nerd to enjoy reading, and you don’t have to be a scholar either.

Technically, you don’t have to be a medical professional to enjoy these books either. What you do need are an open mind and a clear schedule. These books are a compilation of studies, memories, and non-fiction prose.

What makes these books a must-read may differ from person to person. One thing is for sure: there’s something on this list for every type of medical professional.


By: Travis Christofferson. How an Unlikely Group of Radical Innovators is Trying to Transform our HealthCare System. For those that have read Curable, they feel this book is needed. It covers the intense topic of the American healthcare system, and how it’s becoming more and more costly for everyone.

The book covers ways to make changes to the system. The author Travis Christofferson brings up a lot of good points on adaptations that could benefit the US Healthcare system. 

A patient has a certain responsibility to educate and care for their health issues instead of relying on the doctor to fix them completely. Meaning, working with medical professionals is better than working against them.

How Not to Die

By: Michael Gregor, MD and Gene Stone. This book is about preventing premature deaths through lifestyle change. The founder of nutironfacts.org wrote this book to share with people how food choices can help you live longer.

Discovering the foods that are scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. This book may be able to enhance the lives of those that are susceptible to preventable illnesses.

Michael Gregor is an internationally recognized speaker on public health issues on food safety and is a New York Times Bestseller.

The Cannabis Health Index

By: Uwe Blesching. This book combines the scientific research of cannabis with mindfulness techniques to help reduce over 100 symptoms and diseases. This book contains more than one-thousand science-based research studies based on cannabinoids.

Cannabis in health and medicine is a big deal in 2020. The Cannabis Health Index organizes conditions and has created a custom cannabis efficacy system for every symptom. 

Because everyone is equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS), those suffering from an array of medical issues are seeing positive results by incorporating cannabinoid therapies like CBD oil.

This book will help guide you through the muddy waters of cannabis and its potential therapeutic properties. If you are going to work in the medical profession, you better get an understanding of the holistic alternative many patients seem to be gravitating towards.

Economics for Healthcare Managers

By: Robert H. Lee. This textbook made the list because it has an abundance of slides, case studies, transition guides, and study questions for each chapter that help you develop a fundamental understanding of economics in the healthcare field.

The healthcare industry is changing rapidly, to improve population health outcomes, this book can help you navigate goal-orientated decisions. Even if you have no background in economics, this book is engaging.

Combined with both classic and current case studies, this book covers it all. If you want to grasp the issues that challenge the economics in the healthcare industry, this book is designed for you.

Revolutionary Medicine

Jeanne Abrams helps you discover the roles that major figures in US history like George Washington played at the beginning of public health in the US. Lives were shattered and death was prevalent during the time before antibiotics.

Regardless of social status, diseases and infection affected everyone-including the founding fathers. This book uncovers the intimate details about medicine in the eighteenth century.

For the most part, we know very little about the health of the nation back then. This book explains how even though public medicine and healthcare today still needs some work, the founding fathers played a vital role in starting the conversation.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

This beautiful book filled with gripping stories is written by Atul Gawande. Get ready to explore one of the hardest challenges in the medical profession: enable well being, not just survival. 

Can medicine make death better? 

Author and surgeon Atul Gawande cover this topic, and how modern medicine hasn’t done much to enhance the end of life experience. Through knowledge, examination, and a touch of grace, Mr. Gawande explores these tough to talk about topics.

Books In a Nutshell

Whether you are a bookaholic, or you have a list of required reading, these books will definitely play a role in enhancing your medical career choice. There are so many titles that didn’t make the list, but maybe that means there’s room for another article like this later this year?

From understanding cannabis to educating patients on foods that can prevent diseases, you’ll find at least one title to add to your TBR pile.

The founding fathers started the conversation on medicine, and authors like Atul Gawande and Travis Christofferson continue it today.

Understanding the economic situation in the ever-evolving healthcare industry may seem like a more than dry topic, but the insights and information you will gain from giving it a go maybe priceless. 

Maybe you’re just at the beginning of your medical profession journey and you need some guidance, I hope these titles help. 

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Heather Burton

Heather lives with her husband and two children in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion has always been to enhance the lives of others by helping them reach their own personal goals and accomplishments. Content management is her specialty, and writing is what she does best. Her love for helping others lead her to the cannabis scene where she saw an immense gap between patients and medicine that can help them.

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