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

Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write

Helen Sword 

Bad Blood 

 John Carreyrou


Atul Gawande 

Crossing the quality chasm

Committee on Quality of Health Care in America

Dispensing with the Truth

Alicia Mundy

Emperor of all Maladies

Siddartha Mukherjee

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Patrick Radden Keefe

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

Health Advocacy Inc 

 Sharon Batt

How Doctors Think 

Jerome Groopman 

How to Lie with Statistics

Darrell Huff

Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare

Clay Christensen 

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

Jeswald W. Salacuse

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Sharon Straus and David Sackett 

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

 Start with Why

Simon Sinek 

Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery)

Xiao-Li Meng

Struck by Lightening: The Curious World of Probabilities

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Take as Directed

Rhonda Church & Neil MacKinnon

The $800 Million Dollar Pill

Merrill Goozner

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

Ian Brown

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot 

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 Patient Will See You Now

Eric Topol 

The Social Life of Information

John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid

The Taming of Chance

Ian Hacking

The Truth About Drug Companies

Marcia Angell

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman 

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

 What the Future Looks Like

Jim Al-Khalili 

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

Adriana Petryna


 Helen Sword

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

Roberto Abadie