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Leisure Reading in the Health Sciences: Why?

Why read for fun?

Health sciences students report that, despite having limited time and energy, engaging in leisure reading is beneficial to their development as health professionals. Pleasure reading, especially reading materials related to medical practice, can result in  

  • Decreased stress
  • Increased empathy
  • Improved thinking and communication skills

Read the results of the full survey* of the impact of leisure reading on health sciences.

Browse the tabs above to explore a collection of leisure reading books selected especially for health professionals.  

(For more ideas on reading for fun in all disciplines, visit this guide.)

*Watson, E. M. (2016). The importance of leisure reading to health sciences students: results of a survey. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 33(1), 33-48.