Another academic term is here and with it another recommendation of useful books that I would recommend a biomedical science degree student read DURING their Biomedical Science journey. These books will guarantee that you will fall in love with Biomed even more than before and achieve those top grades.
Thanks to popular demand for the ‘Top books to read before a Biomed degree’, I have decided to release a new sort of book series where I tell you what books have helped me, which ones I would recommend for referencing, pleasure, interest and research. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me during my degree and obviously, if you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below or email them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These recommendations are some of the books that I would suggest more for interest than something you can reference in an academic paper. Of course if you feel like it is something that can support some academic work then by all means include it but based on my experience, these books simply helped me to gain a better understanding of what my module professors were teaching me.
1) Genomic Messages – George Annas and Sherman Elias (How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects our Health, Families and Future)
(click here – currently £15.37 on Book Depository)
This is a very interesting book describing recent advances in the field of genomics. I actually saw this recommended somewhere when I bought it (although this was about 2 years ago so I can’t remember exactly where) but I can now pass on the torch with absolute certainty that you will enjoy it. More catered towards your second and final years of a Biomedical degree, it discusses what is genomic information, advances in genomic medicine (such as looking at genetic family histories), the microbiome, pharmacogenomics, genomic messsages with fetuses and children as well as touching on the future of genomics. I probably wouldn’t recommend reading this before a Biomedical degree unless you have a particular interest in genetics purely because it can be quite technical in places, but overall the concepts are described eloquently and are questioned in a way quite refreshing for students.
2) Adventures in Human Being – Gavin Francis
(click here – currently £6.99 in Waterstones)
This was recommended to me by a friend (THANK YOU AVI) and really did not disappoint. Priced typically at around £8.99, this paperback is well worth a read if you are interested in human biology. The book is divided into 7 main sections dissecting (my inner biologist is chuckling at the pun) various parts of the body. It begins by discussing the brain, moving down through the chest cavities, abdomen, pelvis and lower limbs. The actual content of the chapters varies with stories from a doctor’s perspective of the human body to clinical reflections of the way that the body is perceived and discovered. I have always been very intrigued by the way that the body works and I just know that if you love a bit of human anatomy, you will LOVE this book. Buy it. Read it… then tell me that I was right. You’re welcome in advance.
3) The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
(click here – currently £6.99 on Amazon)
Yep, throwing another genetics book into the mix… this time looking at how modern biological technologies have influenced our understanding of genetics, genetic diseases and inheritance. The book addresses various questions about inheritance, linking identical twins with certain neurological disorders whilst avidly chatting about the discovery of DNA and chromosomes. What I particularly liked about this book was that I could draw comparisons from what I studied during Biology A-Level and could strengthen my understanding further whilst learning about DNA technologies during the second year of my degree. You may have to persevere with it slightly as there is a lot of information thrown at you during the first chapter but the following chapters really delve into the details and I promise, will leave you wondering how you ever thought you knew anything about the world anyway.
4) The Chemistry of Life – Steven Rose
(click here – currently £12.38 on Amazon)
The Chemistry of Life looks at the molecular make-up of cells, how chemicals interact within cells and how this leads to cell structure and functionality. I’ll be quite honest with you before you all stare at your screens with horror.. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Biochemistry. However, I read this book with an open mind and actually found it incredibly interesting. What I like is that it doesn’t try to over-complicate the cell, building you up slowly to understand the smaller molecules, before introducing concepts about macromolecules and cell organisation. It then discusses enzymes and metabolism before ending with Nucleic Acids. I can honestly say that this book changed my perception of Biochemistry and now secretly, I actually enjoy it. So give it a go, you might be surprised. This will greatly compliment any biochemistry or molecular biology modules.
So there you have it folks, 4 more books to add to your Amazon Wish Lists!! As before, I would definitely recommend having a rummage in some second hand book shops to see if you can source any of these books any cheaper than I have recommended them but I have put some links next to the books to the cheapest versions of the books that I could find online (as of September 2017). Some great places to look are;
As the new university year is beginning, I wish you all the best of luck. You know where I am if you need any advice from an old and weary fourth year!!
Until next time,