DSECT Reading List

The following books related to drug safety and effectiveness, health care, or scientific concepts have been recommended by DSECT mentors and alumni for your enjoyment. If you would like to recommend a book, please contact the DSECT program coordinator (admin@safeandeffectiverx.com).

Happy reading!

Our list of recommendations so far include:




A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas that Shape the Modern World

Peter Watson

A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly

John Sloan

Crossing the quality chasm

Committee on Quality of Health Care in America

Dispensing with the Truth

Alicia Mundy

Emperor of all Maladies (*Book Club Selection 2011)

Siddartha Mukherjee

First Do No Harm: Making Sense of Canadian Health Reform

Terrence Sullivan and Patricia Baranek

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity

David Allen

How to Lie with Statistics (*Book Club Selection 2011)

Darrell Huff

Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich and Powerful People

Jeswald W. Salacuse

On the Take: How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

Jerome Kassirer

Over-Diagnosed Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health

Gilbert Welch

Overdose: how excessive government regulation stifles pharmaceutical innovation

Richard Epstein

Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs

Jerry Avorn

Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease

Jeremy Greene

Prescription for Excellence

Michael Rachlis

Science Business: the promise the reality and the future of biotech

Gary P Pisano

Selling Sickness

Ray Monihan

Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery)

Xiao-Li Meng

Struck by Lightening: The Curious World of Probabilities

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Take as Directed (*Book Club Selection 2011)

Rhonda Church & Neil MacKinnon

The $800 Million Dollar Pill (*Book Club Selection 2011)

Merrill Goozner

The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for his Disabled Son

Ian Brown

The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA is

James D Watson

The Drug Trial

Mirian Shuchman

The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care

Clayton Christense, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang

The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER

Brian Goldman

The Numerati

Stephan Baker

The Panic Virus

Seth Mnookin

The Social Life of Information

John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid

The Taming of Chance

Ian Hacking

The Truth About Drug Companies

Marcia Angell

To Err is Human: Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life

Theodore Porter

Weaving the Web

Tim Berners-Lee and Mark Fischetti

What is this thing called Science?

A. F. Chalmers

When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Search for Human Subjects

Adriana Petryna

The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects

Roberto Abadie