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The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital
     

The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital

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by Samuel Shem, John Updike (Introduction)
 

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Now a classic! The hilarious novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns - they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be. They came from the top of their medical school class to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer the flash of on-duty call

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The House of God 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic tale from the 1970's by Dr. Samuel Shem (pen name). It's considered a Must Read for anyone considering medical school and being a doctor. As a physician myself, I often recommend this book to my pre med and medical students. It still resonates today, after introducing such controversial terms as "Gomer," short for Get Out of My Emergency Room. It's a fun, but dark read that depicts the hospital as a partial sexual madhouse. Overall I don't think real life is quite as dramatic as the fiction presented by Dr. Shem here, but it's still an absolute must read for anyone interested in being a doctor. The only knock on HOG is that it's now a bit outdated. Because of this, I also recommend my students read two more recent books, "In Stitches" by Dr. Anthony Youn and "Monday Mornings" by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Both are famous TV doctors, but Dr. Youn's book is a memoir while Dr. Gupta's book is fiction. "In Stitches" is funny and covers one doctor's harrowing four years in medical school. I loved this one. "Monday Mornings" is more serious, and covers attending doctors and M&M conferences. Both are new must-reads for pre meds and med students alike, in my opinion.
TheJazzDoctor More than 1 year ago
OMG....this is my second purchase of this classic. I am so impressed with it from the perspective of practicing emergency physician who has literally seen it all in the past 41 years. It has prompted me to write my own memoirs.....still in process. The Jazz Doctor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an emergency nurse for over 20 years. I am now buying this book for my daughter who will be attending medical school. This book will never go out of date!
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Awesome book, have ready it several times and it is never boring. After working in the medical profession, the book is "RIGHT ON"
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A grrat look at the workings of medicine. Scarey.
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