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House Of God

By Samuel Shem

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 1985
As in all hospitals, the medical hierarchy of The House of God was a pyramid - a lot at the bottom and one at the top.Put another way it was like an ice-cream cone...you had to lick your way up! oy Basch, the 'red-hot' Rhodes Scholar, thought differently - but then he hadn't met Hyper Hooper, out to win the most post-mortems of the year award, nor Molly, the nurse with the crash helmet.He hadn't even met any of the Gomers ('Get Out of My Emergency Room!'), the no-hopers who wanted to die but who were worth more alive!

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The House of God is a wild and raunchily irreverent novel that teaches you the not-so-gentle arts of healing, and tells you what your doctor never wanted you to know.It is the best medicine since M*A*S*H, and does for the doctor's art what Catch-22 did for the art of war.e year award, or Molly, the nurse with the crash helmet.

About the Author

Sameul Shem (Stephen Bergman M.D.) graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and earned a Ph.D in physiology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the novels The House of God, Mount Misery and Fine, and seven plays, including, with Janet Surrey, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Stone Centre, Wellesley College. He lives near Boston with his wife and daughter.

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"Great glittering floods of talent rage through this extraordinary novel" * Cosmopolitan * "A wildly funny, sad, laugh-out-loud, frightening, outrageous, thought-provoking, moving book" * Houston Chronicle * "Raw, realistic, ribald and randy" -- Richard Gordon, author of Doctor in the House "Catch-22 with stethoscopes" * Cosmopolitan *

EAN: 9780552991223
ISBN: 0552991228
Publisher: Black Swan
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Renee Myles on
 
This book is awesome. It's intelligent, witty and full of dark humour, an absolute classic. If you watch the TV show Scrubs, you will know where they found most of their content! Particularly enjoyable and relevant if you work or have worked in the hospital system. I thoroughly enjoyed it, one of my favourites!
Matt Rowe on
 
Worth the read for it's insight into health care delivery and to remove one's naivety about what it's really like in a hospital. The only downside is that sometimes you feel like you're reading a porn book.
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I loved this book. While the the characters find themseleves in very comically dark situations, they all contend with the lunacy and chaos and illogical processes of hospital bureaucrocacy in their own mad but very human way. A delight to read and ultimately a very compassionate story, this hilarious satire shows us that true humanity is not found in the rule book.

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