Return to the House of God: Medical Resident Education 1978-2008

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Samuel Shem's The House of God is widely regarded as one of the most influential novels about medical education in the twentieth century. Decades after its 1978 publication, this satire still raises issues of how interns and residents are trained and how patients experience their treatment. Return to The House of God is a scholarly and creative response to the best-selling novel, exploring its impact on medical education, residency training, and the field of literature and medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873389839
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Series: Literature and Medicine Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,567,641
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Martin Kohn Kohn, Martin Carol Donley Donley, Carol

The Birth of The House of God Denis Noble Noble, Denis 1

Residency Education in Historical Perspective

Houses of God before Shem: Boston City and the Thorndike at Bellevue Gerald Weissmann Weissmann, Gerald 11

Residency Education since The House of God Kenneth M. Ludmerer Ludmerer, Kenneth M. 22

From The House of God to the House of Siemens: Bedside Skills Thirty Years Later Sarah Lapey Lapey, Sarah Judy McCarter McCarter, Judy Abraham Verghese Verghese, Abraham 35

The Godless Kingdom: Medical Education in France, 1973-2008 Marc Zaffran Zaffran, Marc 43

Justice, Virtue, and the Laws of The House of God

Justice and Humor in The House of God Martha Elks Elks, Martha Isaac M. T. Mwase Mwase, Isaac M. T. 57

Wearing the Ring of Gyges in the House of God Julie M. Aultman Aultman, Julie M. 74

The Laws of the House of God Revisited: or, Sneaking Primary Care into Man's Greatest Hospital Howard Brody Brody, Howard 91

Literary Perspectives and Criticism

Mayhem at the Hospital John Updike Updike, John 103

Imagining the House of God Jack Coulehan Coulehan, Jack 106

Writing the Medical Training Experience in 1978 and 2006: Body Language in The House of God Stephanie Brown Clark Clark, Stephanie Brown Neeta Jain Jain, Neeta Dagan Coppock Coppock, Dagan 117

The Popocatepetl of Medicine Arko Oderwald Oderwald, Arko 142

Women's Perspectives and Criticism

Objects, Not Allies: Nurses in The House of God and Graduate Medical Education Amy Haddad Haddad, Amy 153

"Fiction as Resistance": The Fat Man and the Woman Reader Anne Hudson Jones Jones, Anne Hudson 162

The Madwoman in theAttic Susan Onthank Mates Mates, Susan Onthank 167


Chasing Fire Engines Cortney Davis Davis, Cortney 175

Speaking the Unspeakable Jay Baruch Baruch, Jay 182

Shem Redux: Is It Time? Steven Hyman Hyman, Steven 187

The House of God Redux Thomas Duffy Duffy, Thomas 190

You Gotta Know the Territory: The House of God as Job Description Perri Klass Klass, Perri 195

Attending in the House of God Abigail Zuger Zuger, Abigail 206

Comments from the House of Shem

Living with Shem: Reflections on the Journey of a Writer-Healer Janet Surrey Surrey, Janet 215

Resistance and Healing Samuel Shem Shem, Samuel Stephen Bergman Bergman, Stephen 221

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