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. Young Dr. Basch and his irreverant confident, known only... show more
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 irreverant 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 twentieth century and compared to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith for its poignant portrayal of the education of American doctors.
Publish date: September 7th 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
Around here the postgraduate system of education in medicine is quite different than the American one, but still I could detect quite a few similarities - because I guess, whereever you are, patients, the medical hierarchy (the ice-cream cone) and what it does to you as intern, is quite the same. ...
Some of this really resonated still which is a same as I'd hoped that treatment of junior doctors had improved over the years (which it has but there's still a way to go). Couldn't get behind all the sex scenes though.
All in all, this is a great representation of what life is like as an intern. It's overtime and angry consultants and the camaraderie of your fellow interns. It's exhausting and terrifying in equal parts and I think the book does a good job of showing it. I also liked how being a doctor starts to im...
A lot of reviews treat this book like it is a realistic account of residency. It's not, and I don't think it was intended to be- it is mostly parody, with a few somber moments thrown in. The humor feels a little forced at times, but it may just be dated. In any case, the book is much better than the...