A premed asked what literature should one read to develop the mindset and tiger’s eye of a resuscitationist. Knowing when to consult my betters, I threw the question to @precordialthump. And Nickson responded thusly:
These days less and less is learnt from books… however there are some books mentioned in what follows.
Learn about Osler – the ultimate role model for how to succeed as human being and where all good medicine begins:
Read “Blood of Strangers” by Frank Huyler – the best tales from the ER by a great writer
Check out these talks:
2012/10/joe-lex-an-old-fogey- speaks-45-years-on-the-front- lines/
2010/04/peter-rosen- beginnings-of-emergency- medicine/
Read anything by croskerry on cognitive errors such as http://1.usa.gov/xPfmhA
Read LITFL :-):
Oh, and listen to EMCrit too!
Lots of martial arts, stoic and eastern philospohy, military works, and mountaineering/ survival books have obvious parallels to what we do (at least to some of us).
I would add that reading Sherlock Holmes would probably serve you well as well. This BMJ article summarizes why…
White coats and fingerprints: diagnostic reasoning in medicine and investigative methods of fictional detectives