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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)

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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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    Douglas R. 02-15-16
    Douglas R. 02-15-16
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    "Best account of our transition into medicine."

    The healthcare machine takes its toll on us. It kills our compassion towards others. those of us who are like by our patients truly are the most distant. this book explains the paradox between trying and being good at our jobs. Those not in medicine would never understand. This book is the most eloquent account of our personal death as we transition into the machine we call healthcare.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT 04-26-16
    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT 04-26-16
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    "Not interested"
    What would have made The House of God better?

    Less weird sex stories


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

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I can't figure out how to get my credit back, probably because I don't have an active membership...sham and waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 04-05-16
    Brandon 04-05-16
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    "Amazing"

    Best non-fiction book I've ever read: so real, so raw, & so true. I loved it!

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    M. Emery 03-16-16
    M. Emery 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Self-congratulatory softcore porn"

    That's nearly all this novel was to me. About 20% of it is worthwhile, and the novel could have been condensed as such. The rest is near-unlistenable thinly-veiled boasting and nonstop unnecessary obscenity. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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