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The House of God Audiobook

The House of God

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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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    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.

    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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    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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    NishaS 11-28-14
    NishaS 11-28-14
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    "Engaging audio, excellent story"
    Any additional comments?

    Yes! I'm a current Internal Medical resident which means two things:
    1) I am very sleep deprived - so I usually can't stay awake for an audiobook, but this was VERY well read and engaging!
    2) I can relate to the story, which itself was excellent.

    The quality of the audio was really key for me!

    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.

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    Jennifer 05-15-14
    Jennifer 05-15-14 Member Since 2016
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Laurel, MT United States 11-20-16
    Amazon Customer Laurel, MT United States 11-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "I really feel understood"

    I've been in clinical practice now 8 years and despite the continual patients, it can feel very isolating. I've blocked out many of the bad experiences of medical school and residency. It's nice to remember the camaraderie. And to remember that doctors are not alone

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    Lese35 08-14-16
    Lese35 08-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a classic, esp for those in medical field"
    Would you listen to The House of God again? Why?

    Yes, very entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is somewhat timeless. if you work in medicine, esp at a hospital, you know a lot of these characters already.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried. Sometimes wasnt sure which to do!


    Any additional comments?

    a classic! and still applies to western medicine to a shocking degree!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brainerd Ewarien Baltimore, MD 07-30-16
    Brainerd Ewarien Baltimore, MD 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Kinda overrated"

    I realise I'm late to the party having read/listened to this as a second year IM resident, but I kinda expected more magic and creativity and a more compelling narrative. Honestly the story and character reminded me of how I felt reading the kite runner. Bored, irritated, and repulsed by the protagonist who they somehow skewed into a hero at the end in a most contrived manner. Overall underwhelmed. I guess I can see how this would give some aspiring premed or med student a hard on, but otherwise, meh. Decent story though. Just had to force myself to finish.

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