Book Club

The Medical Humanities Book Club is an informal gathering of GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences students, faculty, and staff to discuss books (usually novels) of interest to those in the healthcare profession. The group meets irregularly, approximately five times per year, and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Books for a subsequent session are chosen by those in attendance at the current session, and email notices of upcoming sessions are sent to all. 

In addition to providing a literary discussion forum, the Club serves as an opportunity for the students, faculty, and staff to interact together in an enjoyable learning session, led by Professor Raphael. 

Examples of recent books discussed include:


  1. Ian McEwan, Saturday
  2. Jose Saramago, Blindness
  3. Joan Didion, Year of Magical Thinking
  4. Melinda Haynes, Mother of Pearl


  1. Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
  2. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
  3. Allegra Goodman, Intuition
  4. Pat Barker, Regeneration
  5. Richard Russo, The Bridge of Sighs


  1. Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gate of Angels