Health Advising

Suggested Reading List

This list is just a beginning of all the resources available for interested pre-professional health students. Great new books about medicine and other issues in professional health care and career topics are published all the time. Feel free to visit the Xavier University library, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County or Amazon to search for new releases in medical interest areas.

You should also keep yourself current by regularly reading: The New York Times, Discover, American Medical News, Scientific American, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, among others.

A free, nonprofit online publication written to help premedical students develop an understanding of the field of medicine is Next Generation. The Next Generation provides a glimpse into the world of medicine beyond television and popular literature by providing an overview of many issues facing health professionals today. The site contains information about the real-world experiences of physicians and explores issues at the heart of the medical profession.

Next Generation is written and managed by undergraduate premedical students, but editors of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), provide advice and oversight. NEJM is also providing the financial support for the site.


  • Lewis S. Arrowsmith. New York: Penguin Books, 1924, 438pp. (Timeless classic!)
  • Reynolds R, Stone J, eds. On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995, 448 pp.
  • Schiedermayer D. House Calls, Rounds, and Healings: A Poetry Casebook. Tucson, AZ: Galen Press, 1996 100 pp.
  • Seizer R. Letters to a Young Doctor. New York: Touchstone Books, 1982, 205 pp.
  • Shem S. The House of God. New York: Dell, 1978, 429 pp. (Again, a classic read)