My favorite public health and health care books of 2021

My final post of 2021 is the 6th in an annual series listing my 10 favorite public health and health care reads of the past year, in addition to four books with health-related themes included in my favorite biographies and memoirs of 2021. Happy holidays and best wishes for a healthy 2022!


1. The Blood of Strangers: Stories from Emergency Medicine, by Frank Huyler

2. A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance, by Theodora Ross

3. A Country Doctor Writes: Conditions: Diseases and Other Life Circumstances, by Hans Duvefelt

4. The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease, by Daisy Hernandez

5. Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul, by Brandy Schillace

6. Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far, by Paul Offit

7. Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-Science, by Peter Hotez

8. A Shot to Save the World: the Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine, by Gregory Zuckerman

9. The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage, by Jonathan Cohn

10. Uncontrolled Spread: Why Covid-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic, by Scott Gottlieb

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