World Health Day is an annual event observed on April 7th to raise awareness and understanding of global health issues, hence we’re checking out the best nonfiction books. The day is organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has a different theme each year.
The theme for World Health Day 2023 is “Health for All”. This year’s campaign will focus on the journey to achieving Health For All. Consequently this is a long-term goal of the WHO to ensure that everyone can attain the highest level of health.
Best books for World Health Day:
As for nonfiction book recommendations, here are a few that may be of interest:
- 📚 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks, who was an African American woman, had her cells taken without her knowledge and used in medical research. The book explores issues of race, ethics, and the impact of medical advancements on society.
- 📚 “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. In this case the book examines the experience of aging and dying in modern society. Not to mention the challenges the medical profession’s approach to end-of-life care.
- 📚 “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book traces the history of cancer and its treatment, from ancient times to the present day, and explores the social, cultural, and political implications of the disease.
- 📚 “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder. This book tells the story of a physician who has dedicated his life to treating and fighting infectious diseases in some of the world’s poorest communities.
- 📚 “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman. While this book explores the clash of cultures between a Hmong refugee family and the American medical system, it also highlights the challenges of cross-cultural communication in healthcare.
In conclusion, these books can offer valuable insights into the body and the medical care system. They can help you to understand yourself and others better, and they can also provide you with practical tools for improving your health and wellbeing. Meanwhile, check out the interview with neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis on Sort Your Brain Out.