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Leisure Reading in the Health Sciences: Why?

This guide contains recommendations for fun, pleasure reading related to topics in health and medicine.

Reading for Fun

Image of a student selecting a book from a shelf in a library.

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 on 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 recommendations, from all disciplines, visit this related guide on finding fiction (and other books) to read for fun.)

*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.