David Agus's Health Book Picks

Book Cover Image. Title: The End of Illness, Author: David B. Agus

The End of Illness

David B. Agus

A renowned oncologist, professor of medicine, and founder of the online cancer resource oncology.com, Dr. David B. Agus is also the author of The End of Illness, the bestselling book that turns conventional thinking about human health on its head. Dr. Agus took time to tell us about his own favorite books on wellbeing and the science of health, listed below.

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Dr. David B. Agus

Book Cover Image. Title: Lives of a Cell:  Notes of a Biology Watcher, Author: Lewis Thomas

Lives of a Cell

Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas beautifully explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all living things. I had the unique opportunity of studying under Dr. Thomas while a student at Princeton University in 1986.
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Book Cover Image. Title: In Defense of Food:  An Eater's Manifesto, Author: Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan

One of the best books written on the subject of the benefits of food. Pollan gives you the information, the sources, and the understanding to make great decisions on diet.
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Book Cover Image. Title: What is Life?:  With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches, Author: Erwin Schrodinger

What is Life?

Erwin Schrodinger

Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the science classics of the twentieth century. A remarkable physicist's discussion and ideas on biology, the book actually proved to be the foundation for the biotechnology revolution that started with the identification of the structure of DNA by Crick and Watson.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Quark Jaguar:  Adventures in the Simple and the Complex, Author: Murray Gell-Mann

Quark Jaguar

Murray Gell-Mann

As described in The End of Illness, Murray has had an enormous influence on me and my thinking of the human body and disease. In The Quark and the Jaguar Murray presents his personal and unifying vision of the relationship between the fundamental laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Author: Malcolm  Gladwell

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point phenomenon is so important to thinking about both health and healthcare. Malcolm Gladwell is a master at explaining the concept and its implications.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Emperor of All Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer, Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha beautifully describes cancer from the historical perspective, showing in rich detail how we arrived at our current understanding and treatment of this disease.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Principles and Practice of Medicine:  Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine, Author: Sir William Osler

Principles and Practice of Medicine

Sir William Osler

A remarkable book, written in 1892 by the father of modern medicine, this classic describes diseases throughout their entire course. The textbook was so well written that after reading it, Frederick Gates (a Baptist clergyman) persuaded John D. Rockefeller Sr. to direct his immense fortune toward medical research.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Andromeda Strain, Author: Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain

Michael Crichton

A fantastic work of science fiction that excited me while I was growing up. The book describes a team of scientists investigating a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism and working together to try and save the world.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Steve Jobs, Author: Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

The leadership skills, creativity, and passion of Steve are remarkable. Walter beautifully tells how the legend evolved and gave me a new understanding of what made Steve, Steve. I was fortunate to see one side of Steve, but was fascinated to read about the rest.
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Book Cover Image. Title: It's Not About the Bike:  My Journey Back to Life, Author: Lance Armstrong

It's Not About the Bike

Lance ArmstrongSally Jenkins

Lance is inspirational to me and everyone in the cancer community. His story brings hope and optimism to many and needs to be constantly repeated.
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