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Medical Humanities and Leisure Reading Collection

A guide to the medical humanities-related books available for borrowing at the School of Medicine Library


Thank you to our SoML student workers for helping maintain this guide!


Some of the titles listed on this webpage are supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM013725 with the University of Washington. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

  • All books purchased with award funds have been labeled with a book plate or digital note.

Winter is for (Book) Lovers

Hey y’all, it’s cuffing season. No, we don’t mean you should go out and test everyone you meet for hypertension - though it’s not a bad idea. Instead, we suggest settling in with a good read and following it with a matched tv show or movie. Yes, we’re all about pairing up this December and January as we observe World AIDS Day, International Day of Persons with Disability, Glaucoma Awareness, Cervical Health Awareness and Birth Defects Awareness months, along with any of the numerous holidays you might celebrate.

The following are 10 books from our collection paired with a movie or series that can be accessed on various streaming services – including the UNLV Kanopy subscription. If you don’t get the pairing decisions, you can blame – or maybe talk to – Katie!  

Pair 1: Cancer Stories

Movie Match:

The Fault in Our Stars (movie). Streaming on HBOMax, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

Pair 2: Healthcare Workplace Humor

TV Match:

Scrubs (series). Streaming on Hulu.

Pair 3: Invisible & Chronic Illness

Movie Match:

Gaga: Five Foot Two (movie). Streaming on Netflix.

Pair 4: Lifestyle/Healing Retreats

TV Match:

Nine Perfect Strangers (series). Streaming on Hulu.

Pair 5: Visual Impairment

Movie Match:

Blind (movie). Streaming on Kanopy (click to access)

Pair 6: Miracle Elixirs

TV Match:

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (series). Streaming on Disney+.

Pair 7: Access to AIDS Treatment

Movie Match:

Dallas Buyers Club (movie). Streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Paramount+.

Pair 8: Political Organizing for AIDS Care

Movie Match:

Nothing Without Us: Women in the Global Fight Against AIDS (movie). Streaming on Kanopy (click to access)

Pair 9: LGBTQIA+ Life and Advocacy Histories

Movie Match:

Milk (movie). Streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV movie.

Pair 10: Disability Rights & Justice

Movie Match (& Bonus TV Match):

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (movie). Streaming on Netflix.

Special (series). Streaming on Netflix.

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