Medicine reading list

For prospective students

We advise you to read the Medicine page thoroughly. For reading and preparation information the following sections should be particularly useful:

For offer holders

Required reading

Please read the following information before you arrive in Cambridge:


Suggested reading

The Director of Studies in Medicine recommends the following books to read:

  1. G. J Tortora and B.H. Derrickson, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology: International Student Version (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) or E. N. Marieb, Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Pearson, 2008)
  2. B. Alberts, D. Bray, K. Hopkin & A. Johnson, Essential Cell Biology (Garland, 2009)
  3. S. Nuland, How we live (Vintage, 1998)
  4. S. Nuland, How we die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Vintage, 1995)
  5. S. Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Schribner, 2011)
  6. A. Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Profile Books, 2010)

Further information

Reading lists | For offer holders | Undergraduate study