NSHEN has developed the Bioethics Book Club as a resource for ethics committees, organizations and health care teams looking for a fun, creative, interactive way to facilitate discussion about health ethics issues and engage in ethics education.
We will select a variety of books with health ethics themes – both fiction and non-fiction – and develop a handout for each that includes a summary, some of the ethics issues addressed in the book and discussion questions.
Your group will select the book that is most relevant or of interest to you, give your group members time to read the book, and then use the discussion questions as a guide to facilitate a group discussion around the health ethics issues within each book and how they relate to your practice.
Some of these books are available in the NSHEN Lending Library and most are available through Nova Scotia’s public libraries.
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New Book Summary with Discussion Questions
A riveting first-hand account of a physician who’s suddenly a dying patient and her revelation of the horribly misguided standard of care in the medical world.
Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child. But after her first visit, Dr. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and experiencing multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the recovery process, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected: repeated cavalier behavior from her fellow physicians―indifference following human loss, disregard for anguish and suffering, and an exacting emotional distance.
Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, In Shock allows the reader to transform alongside Awidsh and watch what she discovers in our carefully-cultivated, yet often misguided, standard of care. Awdish comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician while achieving, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility for us all.
- We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla, 2019
- Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay, 2017
- What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, Beacon Press, 2018
- Every Note Played by Lisa Genova, Scout Press, 2018
- Pandora’s Lab – Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul , Blackstone Publishing, 2017
- Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, Gallery Books, 2011
- A Course in Deception by Jana Rieger, TellWell Talent, 2017
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks, Simon & Schuster, 1998
- Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta, Hachette Book Group, 2012
- The Shift by Theresa Brown, Algonquin Books, 2016
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, 2004
- NEXT by Michael Crichton, HarperCollins, 2006
- And Again, A Novel by Jessica Chiarella, Touchstone 2017
- Intuition by Allegra Goodman, Dial Press Trade, 2007
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson, Henry Holt Books, 2008
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Random House, 2016
- Gailieo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger, Penquin Press, 2015
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Random House, 2003
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, 2003
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, Atria Books, 2004
- Final Exam: A Young Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline Chen, Knopf, 2007
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter, House of Anansi Press, 2010
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Crown Publishers, 2010
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, Metropolitan Books, 2014
- Lying Down in the Ever Falling Snow