Medicine reading list

For prospective students

Chest and heart anatomy diagram

Chest and heart anatomy. Credit: Patrick J. Lynch

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

Do also keep an eye on the subject resources, which provide more general guidance and examples for developing your academic interests.

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