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The House of God | [Samuel Shem]

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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    "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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    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-26-14
    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-26-14
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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.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 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 2008
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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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