In each case, I've linked the book title to its Powells.com listing...mainly because I didn't want to link to larger sites such as Amazon. In practice, I would strongly advise looking for these books at the library (to test them out--use this site to find the books at a library near you) or at your local independent bookstore (such as Chop Suey Books, in Richmond). Remember that if you're local bookseller doesn't carry these titles, they can probably order them for you--and they'll keep your money local.
Alternately, if you wish to support the authors directly, feel free to see if you can purchase the book you are interested in from the author's own website.
The first group includes books that focus on medical practice, physicians' narratives, and the medical aspects of disease:
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis – Lisa Sanders
How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman
The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter – Sherwin Nuland
The Case of Doctor Sachs – Martin Winckler
House Calls – Thomas Stern, MD
Anything by Atul Gawande: Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto.
White Coat, Clenched Fist – Fitzhugh Mullan
My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
Of Spirits and Madness – Paul Linde
A Fortunate Man – John Berger
The Coming Plague – Laurie Garrett
Betrayal of Trust – Laurie Garrett
Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients – Danielle Ofri
Not All of Us are Saints: A Doctor’s Journey with the Poor – David Hilfiker
Travels – Michael Crichton
The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto Che Guevara
The Great Influenza – John Barry
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflection on Mortality – Pauline Chen
The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher – Lewis Thomas
Aequanimitas – Sir William Osler
White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine – Carl Elliott
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cance – Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug – Thomas Hager
Blind Man's Marathon – Steven Hatch
If you have read these books (or if you recommended them), please use the comments below to provide us with some thoughts on why the book mattered to you.