The best 55 Diseases & Illnesses books

Diseases and illnesses affect millions globally, highlighting the importance of understanding their impact on individuals and society. Our comprehensive book list on this topic provides invaluable insights into various health conditions, their causes, and potential treatments.

Explore our collection to deepen your knowledge and gain a better grasp of the complexities surrounding diseases and illnesses. Ready to enhance your understanding of health issues and explore ways to promote well-being? Start your journey now.

The best 55 Diseases & Illnesses books
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Diseases & Illnesses Books: Genome by Matt Ridley


Matt Ridley
The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
4.2 (81 ratings)
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What's Genome about?

Genome (2006, second edition) takes you on an exciting journey into your own body, exploring the genetic building blocks that make up not only who you are but also all life on earth. You’ll examine the basics of genetics and discover what genes influence, from aging to illness to even your own personality. Importantly, you’ll better understand why the future of healthcare and wellness may be found in the human genome.

Who should read Genome?

  • Students of biology or genetics
  • People curious about biological determinism vs. societal determinism
  • Anyone wondering how exactly genes work

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Forensics by Val McDermid


Val McDermid
What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
4.6 (20 ratings)
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What's Forensics about?

Forensics (2014) provides an inside look at the morbid world of forensic investigation. Filled with fascinating history and anecdotes from real criminal cases, Forensics gives you a complete, compelling overview of everything that happens during the investigation of a crime scene.

Who should read Forensics?

  • Those interested in the history of forensic science
  • Aspiring criminal investigators
  • People who watch shows like CSI

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan


Nancy Leys Stepan
Ridding the World of Diseases Forever
3.8 (9 ratings)
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What's Eradication about?

Eradication (2011) is about the health community’s attempts to eradicate certain diseases from the face of the planet. These blinks trace the history of disease eradication, its successes and failures, and the complicated political issues it raises.

Who should read Eradication?

  • Students of medicine or public health
  • Anyone interested in the eradication of disease

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Too Much of a Good Thing by Lee Goldman

Too Much of a Good Thing

Lee Goldman
How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us
3.8 (17 ratings)
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What's Too Much of a Good Thing about?

The human body evolved to allow us to survive in a world very different from the one we inhabit today. These blinks explain why we’re not suited to the modern world, and the health complications we’re suffering as a result.

Who should read Too Much of a Good Thing?

  • People suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, depression or coronary illnesses
  • Medical professionals
  • Anyone interested in genetics or evolution

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Big Necessity by Rose George

The Big Necessity

Rose George
The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
4.9 (11 ratings)
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What's The Big Necessity about?

The Big Necessity (2008) takes a detailed look at the issues surrounding human excrement. Most people would rather ignore these issues – but turning a deaf ear is precisely what’s led to the sanitation crises plaguing the world today. Sanitation is too important to dismiss; a lack of it is causing thousands of needless deaths worldwide. Find out what can be done to help in these blinks.

Who should read The Big Necessity?

  • Anyone who’s ever had a bowel movement
  • Anthropologists interested in city-planning, urban design and living
  • Activists interested in global health and saving lives

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Vitamin Solution by Romy Block and Arielle Levitan

The Vitamin Solution

Romy Block and Arielle Levitan
Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health
3.8 (74 ratings)
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What's The Vitamin Solution about?

The Vitamin Solution (2015) offers a clear picture of the world of vitamins to help you determine whether you need them, why you might need them and what they can do to improve your everyday life. Cut through the clutter and confusion and find out which vitamins are essential for a healthy body and mind and how you can put yourself on the path to better living.

Who should read The Vitamin Solution?

  • Athletes looking to reach their body’s optimal performance
  • People suffering from fatigue, depression or insomnia
  • Medical practitioners interested in the benefits of commonly used vitamins

Diseases & Illnesses Books: How Not to Die by Michael Greger and Gene Stone

How Not to Die

Michael Greger and Gene Stone
Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
4.5 (471 ratings)
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What's How Not to Die about?

How Not to Die (2015) explains how a plant-based diet can extend your life while transforming your quality of living. These blinks offer a wealth of health-boosting nutritional information and hands-on dietary advice that you won’t get from your doctor.

Who should read How Not to Die?

  • Patients diagnosed with life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Those with a family history of such conditions
  • Anyone who is overweight, tired or generally feels unwell

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes
4.5 (172 ratings)
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What's The Case Against Sugar about?

The Case Against Sugar (2016) offers a critical look at how the sugar industry has grown ever stronger despite medical data showing that it can be harmful to our health. Find out how this happened, and how critics have been silenced and ridiculed despite overwhelming evidence that this one ingredient can be linked to many of the most serious diseases in the Western world.

Who should read The Case Against Sugar?

  • Nutritionists and people who care about their health
  • Dieters and anyone who would like to lose a few pounds
  • Parents who think fat is more dangerous than sugar

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Epic Measures by Jeremy N. Smith

Epic Measures

Jeremy N. Smith
One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.
3.8 (16 ratings)
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What's Epic Measures about?

Epic Measures (2015) tells the incredible story of how one man, Christopher Murray, came to build the most comprehensive medical study ever assembled. Find out what motivated Murray and his dedicated team of collaborators to build a worldwide map of every disease and illness known to man – and discover how his remarkable work has revolutionized the face of world health.  

Who should read Epic Measures?

  • Medical students
  • Readers working in the health sector
  • Humanitarians

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright

Get Well Soon

Jennifer Wright
History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
4.0 (32 ratings)
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What's Get Well Soon about?

Get Well Soon (2017) tells the story of the diseases and epidemics that have plagued humans from the distant past right up to the twentieth century, detailing the theories that people once had about certain diseases and how to treat them. There’s room in the story too for the heroes who made breakthroughs in the treatment and prevention of diseases, or who helped sufferers when others shunned them.  

Who should read Get Well Soon?

  • Students of history and the history of medicine
  • Anyone interested in public health
  • Medics in need of quirky anecdotes for dinner parties

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman

The Story of the Human Body

Daniel Lieberman
Evolution, Health, and Disease
4.6 (161 ratings)
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What's The Story of the Human Body about?

The Story of the Human Body (2013) is a fascinating exploration of a story over a million years in the making: the evolution of the human body. Departing from the moment our ancestors first distinguished themselves from their hominid brethren, Daniel Lieberman traces the biological history of humans right down to our office-bound present.

Who should read The Story of the Human Body?

  • Anyone who’s ever wondered how we got from cave- to city-dwelling
  • Fans of big-picture science
  • Anyone interested in nutrition and fitness

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Eat to Beat Disease by William W. Li

Eat to Beat Disease

William W. Li
The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself
4.5 (377 ratings)
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What's Eat to Beat Disease about?

Eat to Beat Disease (2019) shines a light on the sophisticated systems the body uses to defend itself from deadly diseases. Drawing on the latest scientific research, these blinks explore how your dietary choices support these defense systems and explain how, when it comes to your health, food truly is medicine.

Who should read Eat to Beat Disease?

  • Couch potatoes trying to lose weight
  • Fitness freaks wanting to optimize their diet
  • Health professionals looking for an insight into nutrition

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

Ask Me About My Uterus

Abby Norman
A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain
4.8 (30 ratings)
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What's Ask Me About My Uterus about?

Ask Me About My Uterus (2018) explores one woman’s struggle with endometriosis. Shining a light on the devastating impact of this little-understood disease, these blinks also explore the sexism of the healthcare industry, which often compounds patients’ suffering. Drawing on personal experience and delving into scientific research, Ask Me About My Uterus explores the painful intersection of sickness and inequality.

Who should read Ask Me About My Uterus?

  • Women suffering from endometriosis
  • Healthcare professionals seeking a fresh perspective
  • Feminists looking for new insights

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Body by Bill Bryson

The Body

Bill Bryson
A Guide for Occupants
4.4 (551 ratings)
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What's The Body about?

The Body: A Guide for Occupants (2019) is an entertaining and fact-filled account of how we all work. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson explains the astonishing ways in which our bodies are put together, and what goes on inside them.

Who should read The Body?

  • Popular science fans
  • Biology and medicine enthusiasts
  • Anyone keen to learn more about their own body

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Heart by Sandeep Jauhar


Sandeep Jauhar
A History
4.4 (36 ratings)
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What's Heart about?

Heart (2018) examines an organ that has baffled humanity for centuries. By delving into the history of the heart, both from a biological and a cultural perspective, it explains why the heart plays such an important role in human history.

Who should read Heart?

  • Medical students
  • Patients with health issues affecting the heart
  • Historians of science

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Food Fix by Mark Hyman

Food Fix

Mark Hyman
How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet – One Bite at a Time
4.5 (144 ratings)
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What's Food Fix about?

Food Fix (2020) shows us how the world's gravest problems, like chronic disease, inequality, and climate collapse, can all be traced back to our food and the way we produce it. Here, American physician Mark Hyman describes what we should do next, setting out the path to healthy eating and regenerative farming. 

Who should read Food Fix?

  • Anyone interested in eating and living well
  • Environmentalists and climate activists
  • Farmers looking to transition to sustainable agriculture

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Undying by Anne Boyer

The Undying

Anne Boyer
Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care
3.7 (141 ratings)
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What's The Undying about?

The Undying (2019) is a searing, poetic account of the author’s journey through an aggressive form of breast cancer. It’s also a seething appraisal of women’s experience of this illness, in history and literature, as well as in the present-day United States. 

Who should read The Undying?

  • Anyone who has ever suffered illness – from a common cold to cancer
  • People interested in class politics 
  • Lovers of great literature

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Touching the Rock by John M. Hull

Touching the Rock

John M. Hull
An Experience of Blindness
4.5 (27 ratings)
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What's Touching the Rock about?

Touching the Rock (1990) is an account of one man’s understanding of blindness. Having lost his sight as a full-grown man, John M. Hull explores the daily psychological and physical experience of being blind, the tools that the blind use to navigate space and relationships, and the meaning of blindness in a sighted world.

Who should read Touching the Rock?

  • Friends, relatives, or romantic partners of the blind
  • Anyone suffering from depression or a physical disability
  • Students of philosophy or psychology

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker

Deadliest Enemy

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker
Our War Against Killer Germs
4.5 (62 ratings)
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What's Deadliest Enemy about?

Deadliest Enemy (2017) is a sobering warning about the serious threat that infectious diseases pose to modern life. Using examples like Ebola, SARS, and Zika, this arresting primer on epidemiology spells out how diseases emerge, spread, and become pandemics. 

Who should read Deadliest Enemy?

  • Germaphobes looking to confirm their biggest fears
  • Policymakers with an eye on public health
  • Anyone concerned about the latest global pandemic

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden and Stephen T. Sinatra

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Jonny Bowden and Stephen T. Sinatra
Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease – and the Statin-Free Plan That Will
4.4 (346 ratings)
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What's The Great Cholesterol Myth about?

The Great Cholesterol Myth (2012) takes medical orthodoxy and turns it on its head. Rather than blaming heart disease on cholesterol and dietary fat, this book calls for a more nuanced view of the causes of cardiovascular illnesses. Drawing on cutting-edge research into nutrition and human health, The Great Cholesterol Myth argues that we’ve misunderstood heart disease for decades.

Who should read The Great Cholesterol Myth?

  • Health nuts keen to learn the latest in medical thought
  • Amateur dietitians interested in healthy eating
  • Anyone living with cardiovascular disease

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The End of Food Allergy by Kari Nadeau and Sloan Barnett

The End of Food Allergy

Kari Nadeau and Sloan Barnett
The First Program to Prevent and Reverse a 21st Century Epidemic
4.1 (61 ratings)
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What's The End of Food Allergy about?

The End of Food Allergy (2020) shows how recent developments in science and medicine are beginning to solve a problem that has plagued humanity for thousands of years. Combining data-driven research with inspirational storytelling, it provides a window into one of the biggest scientific and medical revolutions of our time.

Who should read The End of Food Allergy?

  • Food allergy sufferers
  • Parents, teachers, and doctors of children with food allergies
  • Anyone interested in food research and scientific stories

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz

The Lonely Century

Noreena Hertz
How Isolation Imperils Our Future
4.2 (159 ratings)
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What's The Lonely Century about?

The Lonely Century (2021) explores the loneliness that characterizes the twenty-first century. Drawing on a decade of research, it reveals how neoliberal policies, new technologies, and mass migration to cities have contributed to us becoming so lonely – and what shifts need to occur for us to reconnect.

Who should read The Lonely Century?

  • Isolated individuals interested in understanding our current crisis of loneliness
  • Political thinkers who want to understand the roots of far-right movements
  • Community leaders looking for ways to bring people together

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi

The XX Brain

Lisa Mosconi
The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
4.6 (364 ratings)
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What's The XX Brain about?

The XX Brain (2020) is a practical guide to improving women’s brain health and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Women are suffering from an Alzheimer’s epidemic, but so far the medical industry isn’t doing much about it. The XX Brain shows you how to take your health into your own hands, demand the medical treatment you deserve, and take concrete steps to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. 

Who should read The XX Brain?

  • Women looking to proactively protect their brains from disease
  • Women who are forgetful and would like more mental clarity
  • Health professionals wanting to improve their approach to women’s healthcare

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Biohack Your Brain by Kristen Willeumier

Biohack Your Brain

Kristen Willeumier
How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance and Power
4.6 (1,108 ratings)
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What's Biohack Your Brain about?

Biohack Your Brain (2020) is a guide to caring for your most essential organ – the brain. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific research, it’s packed with actionable advice on everything from optimizing your diet for brain health to stimulating your gray cells and beating stress. Along the way, it sheds light on how you can start protecting yourself against cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Who should read Biohack Your Brain?

  • Thinkers and tinkerers
  • The stressed and anxious 
  • Self-improvers

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Uncontrolled Spread by Scott Gottlieb

Uncontrolled Spread

Scott Gottlieb
Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic
3.9 (204 ratings)
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What's Uncontrolled Spread about?

Uncontrolled Spread (2021) takes an unsparing look at the many problems the United States faced when confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Through a combination of factors, the US was unprepared for what occurred. But it’s possible to learn from this tragedy and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

Who should read Uncontrolled Spread?

  • People keen to learn more about the US’s response to the COVID pandemic
  • Anyone interested in how we can be more prepared against future threats

Diseases & Illnesses Books: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic by Bill Gates

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Bill Gates
3.8 (246 ratings)
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What's How to Prevent the Next Pandemic about?

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic (2022) is a blueprint for the international pandemic prevention plan the world sorely needs. Learning from the mistakes of the Covid 19 pandemic, Gates lays down a series of steps governments need to take if we’re to protect ourselves and ensure another global health catastrophe of this scale never happens again.

Who should read How to Prevent the Next Pandemic?

  • Casual science readers with an interest in epidemiology
  • Business leaders and philanthropists looking for good places to invest
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to live through another Covid 19

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green


Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green
The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus
4.3 (149 ratings)
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What's Vaxxers about?

Vaxxers (2021) follows the race to develop a functional vaccine to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr. Catherine Green, of the University of Oxford, deliver captivating and informative insight into the process of designing, testing, and manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in record time. They recount exciting moments of innovation, as well as the hurdles faced along the way.

Who should read Vaxxers?

  • Anyone fascinated by vaccine development
  • Public health enthusiasts 
  • Futurists looking to prepare for the next big pandemic

Diseases & Illnesses Books: No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler

No Cure for Being Human

Kate Bowler
(and Other Truths I Need to Hear)
4.0 (250 ratings)
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What's No Cure for Being Human about?

No Cure for Being Human (2021) is the thoughtful chronicle of Kate Bowler’s attempts to make the most of her life after a brutal cancer diagnosis at only 35. Part memoir, part critique of the widespread obsession with positivity, No Cure for Being Human is a poignant dispatch from the fragile border between life and death.

Who should read No Cure for Being Human?

  • Those who’ve supporting a loved one through a serious diagnosis, or have received one themselves
  • Critics of the prosperity gospel and impeccably curated Instagram feeds
  • Those grappling with the idea that they, too, might be incurably human

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner
A Memoir
4.2 (124 ratings)
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What's Crying in H Mart about?

Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart (2021), explores Zauner’s search for identity, her relationship with her Korean mother, and her beginnings as a musician. Key moments and emotions are constantly linked with food, which lies at the heart of Zauner’s connection with her mother, her heritage, and her true self.

Who should read Crying in H Mart?

  • Anyone who has experienced grief
  • Fans of Japanese Breakfast
  • Asian food aficionados

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis by Izabella Wentz

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Izabella Wentz
Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
4.4 (46 ratings)
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What's Hashimoto's Thyroiditis about?

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (2013) is a guide to healing the body through lifestyle interventions. Wentz offers practical suggestions for people with Hashimoto’s, including recommendations for tests and dietary changes, so they can get on the right track toward feeling better.

Who should read Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

  • Hashimoto’s patients looking for new treatments
  • People whose loved ones have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s
  • Anyone interested in diet and gut health

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Heal From Within by Katie Beecher

Heal From Within

Katie Beecher
A Guidebook to Intuitive Wellness
4.1 (283 ratings)
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What's Heal From Within about?

Heal From Within (2022) is a guidebook to self-healing. While traditional medicine tends to focus on symptoms, Beecher argues that we should be paying attention to the cause of an illness. Her healing strategies are based on personal experience, as well as her professional career as a counselor and medical intuitive.

Who should read Heal From Within?

  • People who want to heal from any kind of health issue
  • Empaths and highly sensitive people
  • Anyone who’s interested in learning more about chakras

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Stem Cells by Jonathan Slack

Stem Cells

Jonathan Slack
A Very Short Introduction
4.4 (222 ratings)
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What's Stem Cells about?

Stem Cells (2021) provides an introduction to stem cells – how they’re used by scientists, the therapies that exist today, and what the near future holds. It focuses on the medical and scientific consideration of stem cells and only briefly considers ethical, political, and legal aspects. This “very short introduction” is part of a series of over 650 short introductions covering myriad subjects in every discipline.

Who should read Stem Cells?

  • Biology buffs
  • Stem cell therapy skeptics and miracle-cure seekers
  • Politicians and businesspeople interested in the future of stem cell applications

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer by Patrick C. Walsh, MD and Janet Farrar Worthington

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer

Patrick C. Walsh, MD and Janet Farrar Worthington
4.6 (117 ratings)
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What's Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer about?

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer (2001) is a comprehensive and straightforward guide to one of the most common cancers facing men today. Drawing on decades of scientific research and medical expertise, the authors outline every aspect of prostate cancer, including potential causes, testing and diagnosis, current treatment options, and what to expect as a survivor.

Who should read Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer?

  • Men or the loved ones of men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to know what to expect.
  • Healthy men who would like to stay that way.
  • The medically minded who would like an overview of one of the most common forms of cancer.

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Elizabeth Taylor by Kate Andersen Brower

Elizabeth Taylor

Kate Andersen Brower
The Grit and Glamour of an Icon
4.2 (166 ratings)
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What's Elizabeth Taylor about?

Elizabeth Taylor (2022) is an enthralling authorized biography of one of Hollywood's most famous stars. This fascinating and complete portrait of the legend chronicles her life of fame, tragedy, love, and loss.

Who should read Elizabeth Taylor?

  • Elizabeth Taylor devotees
  • Classic Hollywood aficionados
  • Romance fans

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Man Overboard! by Craig L. Bowron

Man Overboard!

Craig L. Bowron
A Medical Lifeline for the Aging Male
3.9 (45 ratings)
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What's Man Overboard! about?

Man Overboard! (2022) is a comprehensive guide to the most common health challenges men are likely to encounter as they get older. It not only explains the difference between low testosterone and erectile dysfunction and what to watch out for with obesity and deadly types of cancer but also provides tools for men to take control of their health to keep living an active life without too many unpleasant surprises.

Who should read Man Overboard!?

  • Men over 40 looking to build on their knowledge of common health problems
  • Anyone interested in healthcare communication
  • People wondering if Viagra is all it professes to be

Diseases & Illnesses Books: ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

ADHD 2.0

Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey
New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction – from Childhood through Adulthood
4.7 (1,053 ratings)
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What's ADHD 2.0 about?

ADHD 2.0 (2021) provides updated science and guidance on living a successful and happy life with attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It offers insights into how people with ADHD can tap into their strengths and unleash their full potential.

Who should read ADHD 2.0?

  • People with ADHD who want to reach their full potential
  • Teachers and parents supporting children with ADHD
  • Managers and leaders who value an inclusive work environment

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Scattered Minds by Gabor Maté

Scattered Minds

Gabor Maté
The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
4.4 (538 ratings)
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What's Scattered Minds about?

Scattered Minds (1999) takes aim at a well-established myth: that attention deficit disorder, or ADD for short, is an inherited illness. It doesn’t deny the biological foundations of the disorder – genes also play a role. But it urges us to widen our perspective and pay closer attention to psychological and social factors that may be contributing to the symptoms. ADD often develops within specific familial and societal contexts. Recognizing this isn’t just about correcting the scientific record – it offers a key to effective treatment.

Who should read Scattered Minds?

  • Science aficionados
  • People who have attention deficit disorder
  • Anyone interested in the connection between society and psychology

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
4.3 (215 ratings)
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What's The Catcher in the Rye about?

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is J. D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel, telling the story of the troubled young Holden Caulfield. Holden has just been expelled from school, and spends several days traversing New York City, sharing his opinions of the world around him.

Who should read The Catcher in the Rye?

  • Lovers of coming-of-age stories
  • Classic literature fans
  • People who dislike phonies

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

The Myth of Normal

Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté
Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture
4.6 (1,086 ratings)
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What's The Myth of Normal about?

The Myth of Normal (2022) unpacks why chronic disease and mental illness are on the rise. Western medicine focuses on individual pathologies, but what if the key actually lies in our culture? Things we consider normal – like stress, adversity, and trauma – are often toxic and breed disease. The pathway back to health rests in identifying and addressing these underlying conditions.

Who should read The Myth of Normal?

  • Health professionals who want the bigger picture
  • Lovers of a good social critique
  • Anyone working through health challenges

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Body Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson

The Body Code

Dr. Bradley Nelson
Unlocking Your Body's Ability to Heal Itself
3.3 (95 ratings)
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What's The Body Code about?

The Body Code (2023) is a companion book to The Emotion Code and presents the author’s comprehensive system for finding and clearing energy blockages and trapped emotions that cause discomfort and disease. Only by releasing these blockages and imbalances can the body’s natural ability to heal itself be fully realized.

Who should read The Body Code?

  • Those looking for mind-body healing techniques that anyone can learn
  • People looking for an easy way to release emotional baggage or address chronic symptoms
  • Self-help lovers looking for healing methods based on intuition and the subconscious mind

Diseases & Illnesses Books: DIRTY LAUNDRY by Richard Pink & Roxanne Emery


Richard Pink & Roxanne Emery
Why adults with ADHD are so ashamed and what we can do to help
4.4 (141 ratings)
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What's DIRTY LAUNDRY about?

Dirty Laundry (2023) is an honest and humorous glimpse into the daily chaos that is life with ADHD. Whether you’re diagnosed, undiagnosed, or just trying to better understand a loved one, these real-life stories and practical advice can help you learn from and live with the struggles of this chronic disorder.

Who should read DIRTY LAUNDRY?

  • Those living with ADHD who want their struggle to be seen.
  • Members of neurodivergent households looking for ways to best help the people they care about.
  • Anyone who needs to take the shame, judgment, or frustration out of living with ADHD.

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Making a Psychopath by Mark Freestone

Making a Psychopath

Mark Freestone
My Journey Into Seven Dangerous Minds
4.5 (92 ratings)
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What's Making a Psychopath about?

Making a Psychopath (2020) is a thrilling foray into the disturbed workings of the psychopathic mind. With the help of a series of case studies, it addresses many of the misconceptions about psychopaths that we often see in the media. Taking an empathetic approach, it humanizes the people who have this disorder and considers their prospects for recovery.

Who should read Making a Psychopath?

  • Fans of the show Killing Eve
  • Lovers of true crime
  • Anyone who wants to know whether their boss really is a psychopath

Diseases & Illnesses Books: And Finally by Henry Marsh

And Finally

Henry Marsh
Matters of Life and Death
4.4 (27 ratings)
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What's And Finally about?

And Finally (2022) is about a doctor becoming a patient. The process is painful for neurosurgeon and author Dr. Henry Marsh but in the end, he finds acceptance and understands what truly matters.

Who should read And Finally?

  • Anyone transitioning to a new stage of life
  • People with questions about aging
  • Those whose lives have been touched by cancer

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Meals She Eats by Tom and Rachael Sullivan

Meals She Eats

Tom and Rachael Sullivan
Empowering Advice, Relatable Stories, and 25+ Recipes to Take Control of Your PCOS
3.8 (11 ratings)
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What's Meals She Eats about?

Meals She Eats (2023) combines practical advice on PCOS with easy-to-follow recipes to manage the disorder’s symptoms. Drawn from the authors’ own experiences, it shares lifestyle changes and strategies that have proven effective for them. 

Who should read Meals She Eats?

  • Women with PCOS
  • Women suffering from period-related issues 
  • Anyone who wants to eat healthier

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Divergent Mind by Jenara Nerenberg

Divergent Mind

Jenara Nerenberg
Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You
3.9 (246 ratings)
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What's Divergent Mind about?

Divergent Mind (2020) is a groundbreaking look at neurodiversity in women and girls, with a particular focus on the impacts of late diagnosis and the overall lack of clinical research.

Who should read Divergent Mind?

  • Those seeking more information on neurodiversity and the ways it can manifest 
  • Anyone who gets overwhelmed by external stimuli from smells to sounds to surroundings – and wonders why
  • Synesthetes and sensitives looking for practical ways to make their world more accommodating

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman

Faster Than Normal

Peter Shankman
Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain
4.4 (180 ratings)
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What's Faster Than Normal about?

Faster Than Normal (2017) explains that ADHD isn’t a disease to be diagnosed but a power to be nurtured and harnessed. If you follow certain rituals and avoid the triggers that lead to self-destructive behavior, you can utilize the full power of your brain to create an extremely productive and deeply fulfilling life.

Who should read Faster Than Normal?

  • Anyone who wants to supercharge their brain and their life
  • People with ADHD who want to understand ADHD better
  • Anyone who loves or works with someone with ADHD

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Rewire Your Ocd Brain by Catherine M. Pittman, William H. Youngs

Rewire Your Ocd Brain

Catherine M. Pittman, William H. Youngs
Powerful Neuroscience-Based Skills to Break Free from Obsessive Thoughts and Fears
4.6 (402 ratings)
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What's Rewire Your Ocd Brain about?

Rewire Your OCD Brain (2021) presents compelling evidence behind the origins of anxiety, and explains how this knowledge can be combined with easy-to-apply hacks to manage obsessive behavior and regain control over your life.

Who should read Rewire Your Ocd Brain?

  • People dealing with anxiety, compulsive behaviors, or panic attacks
  • Anyone trying to understand family members or friends dealing with OCD
  • Therapists helping clients to manage their obsessions

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted J. Kaptchuk

The Web That Has No Weaver

Ted J. Kaptchuk
Understanding Chinese Medicine
4.6 (23 ratings)
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What's The Web That Has No Weaver about?

The Web That Has No Weaver (2000) is a classic introduction to Chinese medicine. The product of years of research and a close reading of original sources, it provides an in-depth yet accessible overview of a millenia-old tradition of healing and its philosophical foundations. 

Who should read The Web That Has No Weaver?

  • Anyone interested in holistic medicine 
  • Students of Eastern philosophy
  • Medical practitioners curious about alternative approaches to healing

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook by Daniel J. Fox

The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook

Daniel J. Fox
An Integrative Program to Understand and Manage Your BPD
4.1 (111 ratings)
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What's The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook about?

The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook (2019) is a practical guide to taking control of your BPD. Through expert advice and actionable exercises, this empathetic resource illuminates a path beyond unhealthy beliefs and destructive behaviors. With these proven techniques, anyone with BPD can begin to improve their emotional patterns and rebuild healthy relationships.

Who should read The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook?

  • People diagnosed with BPD
  • Those experiencing BPD-like symptoms
  • Friends and family of people with BPD trying to learn about the disorder

Diseases & Illnesses Books: What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Sharon Saline

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

Sharon Saline
Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
4.6 (76 ratings)
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What's What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew about?

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew (2018) provides parents with insights into the challenges and experiences of children with ADHD. It focuses on the importance of communication and collaboration between parents and children, and outlines the Five Cs that will help you help your child with ADHD. Learn the skills you need to ensure your child flourishes with the brain they have.

Who should read What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew?

  • Parents of children with ADHD
  • Teens and adults with ADHD
  • Teachers and parents

Diseases & Illnesses Books: The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD by Melissa Orlov & Nancie Kohlenberger

The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Melissa Orlov & Nancie Kohlenberger
Improve Trust, Intimacy, and Reliability
4.1 (58 ratings)
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What's The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD about?

The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014) delves into the challenges many couples face when one or both partners have undiagnosed adult ADHD. An essential guide for couples seeking to strengthen their bond and navigate the complexities of ADHD in their relationships, it emphasizes the importance of understanding ADHD symptoms and offers strategies to enhance communication, trust, and intimacy.

Who should read The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD?

  • Couples seeking insight into how ADHD affects their relationship dynamics
  • Individuals diagnosed with adult ADHD aiming to improve their romantic partnerships
  • Counselors who want to expand their understanding of ADHD in intimate relationships

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Spoon-Fed by Tim Spector


Tim Spector
Why almost everything we've been told about food is wrong
3.9 (165 ratings)
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What's Spoon-Fed about?

Spoon-Fed (2020) explores the widespread confusion and misinformation about nutrition, shedding light on the dearth of substantial scientific support for many prevailing food myths. The book delves into the influence exerted by the food industry on government dietary recommendations and urges readers to critically assess diet plans, official advice, and food labels, prompting a reevaluation of their relationship with food.

Who should read Spoon-Fed?

  • Those looking to develop a healthier diet and lifestyle
  • People with dietary restrictions or conditions
  • Skeptics of fad diets and food marketing

Diseases & Illnesses Books: How to Eat to Change How You Drink by Brooke Scheller

How to Eat to Change How You Drink

Brooke Scheller
Heal Your Gut, Mend Your Mind, and Improve Nutrition to Change Your Relationship with Alcohol
4.0 (137 ratings)
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What's How to Eat to Change How You Drink about?

How to Eat to Change What You Drink (2023) draws on cutting-edge science to reveal how food can help change your relationship with alcohol. With a comprehensive 30-day plan to optimize meal timing, food, and lifestyle changes, this guide teaches you how to eat yourself sober.

Who should read How to Eat to Change How You Drink?

  • Sober and sober-curious people
  • Anyone looking to develop a healthier relationship with alcohol 
  • Anyone searching for an alternative, holistic approach to sobriety and self-improvement

Diseases & Illnesses Books: Gut Check by Steven R. Gundry

Gut Check

Steven R. Gundry
Unleash the Power of Your Microbiome to Reverse Disease and Transform Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health
3.1 (254 ratings)
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What's Gut Check about?

Gut Check (2023) explores the critical role that our gut bacteria play in determining our overall health. It argues that nurturing a healthy microbiome can lead to a longer, more vibrant life, against the backdrop of conventional dietary beliefs.

Who should read Gut Check?

  • Health enthusiasts
  • Longevity seekers
  • Diet skeptics

What's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down about?

Title: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall DownAuthor: Anne FadimanDescription: This book tells the story of a Hmong family in California and their struggle to navigate the American healthcare system for their daughter, who has epilepsy. It explores the clash between Western medicine and Hmong beliefs, and the tragic consequences that result from miscommunication and misunderstanding. A thought-provoking and compassionate examination of cultural differences and the impact they can have on healthcare.

Who should read The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down?

that explores the clash between Western medicine and Hmong culture through the story of a young girl with epilepsy. It delves into the challenges of cross-cultural communication and the complexities of treating chronic illness in a multicultural society.

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What's the best Diseases & Illnesses book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Genome as the ultimate read on Diseases & Illnesses.

What are the Top 10 Diseases & Illnesses books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Genome by Matt Ridley
  • Forensics by Val McDermid
  • Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan
  • Too Much of a Good Thing by Lee Goldman
  • The Big Necessity by Rose George
  • The Vitamin Solution by Romy Block and Arielle Levitan
  • How Not to Die by Michael Greger and Gene Stone
  • The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
  • Epic Measures by Jeremy N. Smith
  • Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright

Who are the top Diseases & Illnesses book authors?

When it comes to Diseases & Illnesses, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Matt Ridley
  • Val McDermid
  • Nancy Leys Stepan
  • Lee Goldman
  • Rose George