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July 18, 2018

The 17 health care books Bill Gates thinks you should read

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    Editor's note: This popular story from the Daily Briefing's archives was republished on June 7, 2019.

    Bill Gates is an avid reader and prolific book-recommender: Since starting his blog in January 2010, he has recommended 185 books to his readers—of which 17 are related to health care.

    Thu-Huong Ha compiled the recommendations into a list for Quartz, although Ha notes that it does not include books that Gates has recommended in interviews rather than on his blog.

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    Ha writes that Gates reads very little fiction "but will dabble in [young adult], comedic memoir, and graphic novels on occasion." Ha adds that Gates, who is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is "wont to recommend books on development, poverty, disease, and education."

    The list

    Of the 185 books that Gates has recommended over the years, the 17 health care books are:

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