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E39: How Reading Can Make Us More Empathetic and Informed Practitioners

This week I wanted to share some of my favorite books that I think EVERYONE should read. As a dentist who offers house calls, I believe reading general nonfiction is incredibly important for personal growth and empathy.

The first book is Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. It tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician who dedicated his career to treating patients with multidrug resistant tuberculosis in Haiti. His dedication to justice is truly inspiring and reminds us that all lives matter.

The next book is When Breath Becomes Air, a memoir written by a neurosurgeon who reflects on what matters in life as he faces his own mortality. It's a touching read that reminds us of the importance of cherishing time with loved ones.

Finally, James Clear's Atomic Habits is a bestseller that offers advice on how to establish good habits. It's a great read for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life.

I hope these recommendations inspire you to pick up a book and start reading! And if you're interested in reading together in a community, consider becoming an official member of the ResiDENTAL Movement where every month we will be discussing a new book and share how the ideas and philosophies contained in the book apply to our practices and everyday lives. Thank you for your time and happy reading!

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