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The House of God Audiobook

The House of God

By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.
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Publisher's Summary

By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country. Young Dr. Basch and his irreverent confident, known only as the Fat Man, will learn not only how to be fine doctors but, eventually, good human beings. Samuel Shem has done what few in American medicine have dared to do---create an unvarnished, unglorified, and amazingly forthright portrait revealing the depth of caring, pain, pathos, and tragedy felt by all who spend their lives treating patients and stand at the crossroads between science and humanity.

With over two million copies sold worldwide, The House of God has been hailed as one of the most important medical novels of the 20th century and compared to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith for its poignant portrayal of the education of American doctors.

©1978 Stephen Bergman (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating." (The Wall Street Journal)

What Members Say

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    Brian Tampa, FL 10-26-14
    Brian Tampa, FL 10-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Gets a lot of hype."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, but only to doctor friends and I would try to manage their expectations.


    If you’ve listened to books by Samuel Shem before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Fats. Good humor, good advice to main character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little surprised about the amount of sex in this book. Either I'm really boring or it was a different time in the 70s. If I tried to have sex with as many nurses as what goes on in this book I would have been fired with maybe a lawsuit. Different times....
    I don't know if it enhanced the story either.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara T. 01-20-16
    Tamara T. 01-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "First time I started it I hated it..."

    I started reading this during my intern year and couldn't get past the second chapter, I found it insulting and unrealistic but I've never experienced anything like that before. I picked it up again in my third year residency and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend anybody in medicine to read it because there are still institutions out there very much like this.

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    Tracey W. Barr Metro Detroit 12-03-15
    Tracey W. Barr Metro Detroit 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really don't care for it"

    The book is hard to follow and seems irrelevant. Don't waste your time or money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JD 07-28-14
    JD 07-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Essential for any medical resident"
    What other book might you compare The House of God to and why?

    As an avid fan of Scrubs, I loved seeing all the references that Scrubs used from this book!


    Any additional comments?

    A blend of satire, realism, and comedy - a must win!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mahendra (MH) Melbourne Australia 11-11-13
    Mahendra (MH) Melbourne Australia 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrative of a young doctor"

    This book gives an insight into the practices that trainee underwent in the about 30 or 40 yrs ago. The book is salacious at times, perhaps it was a true reflection of what took place. Recommended reading for all medical professionals especially students and young doctors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 05-15-14
    Jennifer 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much sex that doesn't add to the subject!"
    What would have made The House of God better?

    If the description would have included the fact that the author refers to sex as often as possible.


    Has The House of God turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was never into sex books to begin with. I still like medical books, which I thought this would be, but it's not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to return this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fender Doc USA 11-16-15
    Fender Doc USA 11-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Essential Reading for All Those in Medicine"

    I read this before entering medical school. Twenty years later, well established in private practice; re-reading this book, I laughed more than I did during the first read. This is probably more from having perspective and having seen myself in similar situations during the harsh reality of my internship. This book brought back a number of memories from my training; some bad, some good.

    The narrator is fantastic and does a wonderful job and bring this book to life.

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    Stephen Massaro Austin, TX 07-14-15
    Stephen Massaro Austin, TX 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent! Classic novel, read flawlessly"

    Classic American medical novel. Justly compared to Heller's Catch 22. Recommended highly for anyone not just docs.


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    Lynn 06-17-15
    Lynn 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining but now it's purely historical!"

    I read this book way back in medical school, I think. Residency has definitely changed completely since then, but this provides a dark, satirical look at internal medicine training in the 70s.

    I was less than impressed with the narration of the book. His voice was ok and he did a decent Roy Basch, but I think some coaching on basic pronounciations of medical terminology would have gone a long way, since I imagine the predominant audience are those in the healthcare field. It just detracts from the story when terms are so mis-pronounced, it's clear this isn't coming from a doctor's mouth.

    Still a good little read and makes you kind of wistful for the 'good ol' days'

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    David Franco 03-25-15
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    "the narrator was awesome"

    great book but drags on a bit. the voice performance was superb. the voice of chuck was by far my favorite, "pitiful, man, just pitiful". LOL

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