I highly recommend two books related to medicine that can be enjoyed by laypersons or professionals. Body of Work is a highly original memoir that recounts the author’s anatomy course during her first semester of medical school, provides information on the history of dissection, and contemplates aging and death. Christine Montross was a published poet before deciding to go to med school–she became a psychiatrist-and readers reap the benefit of that earlier career in the lyrical prose. You don’t care to read fast or reach the end because being in the moment with Montross’s reflections is a luxury.