Three great books on medicine

Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the endBeing mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande, who gave this year’s Reith lecture, examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of ageing and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. He emerges with a story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound. Highly recommended.

The sports gene: what makes the perfect athlete by David Epstein

Is Usain Bolt a genetic one-off? Could we all beat Bradley Wiggins if we trained hard enough? ToMissing microbes: how killing bacteria creates modern plagues what extent is our ability on the sports field dictated by our genes? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle

Missing microbes: how killing bacteria creates modern plagues by Martin J. Blaser

Ever wondered whether you should be taking those antibiotics? This book takes readers on a trip around some incredible research about the overuse of antibiotics and what it can do to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. The author says beneath our skin exists an unfathomable, ancient universe – an internal Eden that is critical to our health.He invites us into the wilds of the human ‘microbiome’, unfurling its inner workings and evolution, in a book that stands as the ‘Silent Spring’ of our day.