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.
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"Fascinating." (The Wall Street Journal)
I would, but only to doctor friends and I would try to manage their expectations.
Fats. Good humor, good advice to main character.
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.
As an avid fan of Scrubs, I loved seeing all the references that Scrubs used from this book!
A blend of satire, realism, and comedy - a must win!
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.
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.
Classic American medical novel. Justly compared to Heller's Catch 22. Recommended highly for anyone not just docs.
Being in the healthcare field, I'd heard of this book for years, but I was still wholly unprepared for the range of emotions I experienced while listening! I found myself "recognizing" co-workers past & present in the characters, & associating with some of the realities of "hospital life", including dark humor, anger, depression, mental & physical exhaustion, long hours, missed holidays, and family members that cannot possibly understand it all, but I could also relate to the sense of accomplishment and the development of life-long friendships that often result from working so intimately, in sometimes horrifying situations, with other healthcare professionals. I will never forget this book, and will likely listen to it multiple times.
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'
I had no problem allowing for the fact that this book was written several decades ago. It COULD have been worth reading anyway.
While I find the situations very believable (I've been in healthcare for 35+ years), the writer gets too carried away with his own sexual fantasies/supposed prowess to the point where my mind wandered due to boredom.
Narration was good other than the same complaint I have with many narrators who read books by healthcare professionals: If you are going to narrate a book by a doctor, learn how to pronounce medical terminology correctly for Pete's sake!
Most of the interpersonal dynamics and the staff's conversations and personal thoughts were very believable.
Still believable in spite of being written years ago and would have kept my attention if not for the far-too-many sex scenes that sounded as if they were written by a Harlequin romance novelist wannabe.
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