Books We Recommend

It seems strange recommending books when we all use IT so much but there are reasons. There are obviously books mentioned here that will help you with your studies towards being a GP. You would naturally choose such books but they will be grounded in medicine and science. Sheffield University suggest that medical humanities is the interface between medicine and science on one hand, and arts and social sciences on the other. The University's aim is to "locate, understand and privilege what it is to be human." You will not be able to do this well by using medical and science texts alone, so since GP is about understanding the "human condition," we have added novels that are either directly or indirectly related to medicine and science. We hope it will give you a different perspective. It is also possible it may help you to remember. For some reason, people get more connected to a text when it is in book form. This has something to do with the way you read the text and the physical senses stimulated by holding a book. Give it go!
Books directly related to medicine.
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole - Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell.
The Emperor of Maladies- Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande.
Confronting an Ill society - Patrick Hutt.
A Fortunate Man - John Berger.
Do No Harm - Henry Marsh.
A Country Doctors Notebook - Mikhail Bulgakov.
The Chimp Paradox - Steve Peters.
The rise and fall of modern medicine - James Le Fanu.
This is going to hurt - Adam Kay.
Your life in my hands - Rachel Clarke.
Also Human - Caroline Elton.
Books indirectly related to medicine.
A Song for Issie Bradley - Carys Bray.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini.
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese.
One Day - David Nicholls.
A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler.
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald.
Love Anthony - Lisa Genova.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon.
The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared - Jonas Jonasson.
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr.
East of the Mountains - David Guterson.
Tuesday with Morrie - Mitch Albom.
Mend the living - Maylis de Kerangal.
Grief is the thing with feather - Max Porter .
Trainee recommended study guides
AKT preparation

Majority of preparation through

NICE CKS / guidelines

InnovAIT journal –using the AKT questions in the monthly edition

AKT Books:

Oxford handbook of General practice 4th Edition

ISBN-10: 0199671036

ISBN-13: 978-0199671038


MRCGP AKT: 1001 Questions and Answers by Rob Daniels

ISBN-10: 1905635869

ISBN-13: 978-1905635863


Medical Statistics Made Easy, 3rd edition by Michael Harris

ISBN-10: 1907904034

 ISBN-13: 978-1907904035



RCGP AKT: Research, epidemiology and statistics (Masterpass) by Julian Hicks and Ralph Emmerson

(we all know this author!)

ISBN-10: 1909368113

ISBN-13: 978-1909368118


CSA Books

CSA flash cards through the RCGP website.

Bradford VTS scenarios


The MRCGP Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) Workbook (masterpass) by Monal Wadhera & Rajeev Gulati

ISBN-10: 1846192692

ISBN-13: 978-1846192692 


CSA Revision Notes for the MRCGP, 3rd edition by Jennifer Stannett & Sarah Osmond

ISBN-10: 1907904840

ISBN-13: 9781907904844


CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP 3rd edition By Thomas Das

ISBN-10: 1907904638

ISBN-13: 978-1907904639

CSA Symptom Solver: MRCGP CSA Book: Clinical Frameworks for the MRCGP CSA Exam By Muhammed Akunjee

ISBN-10: 0992766117

ISBN-13: 978-0992766115


RCGP Insider’s guide to the CSA for the MRCGP By Alexandra Rolfe

ISBN-10: 0850843898

ISBN-13: 978-0850843897


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