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    Samuel Shem
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    Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (July 16, 1980)
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    320 pages
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The House of God is a satirical novel by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym used by psychiatrist Stephen Bergman), published in 1978

The House of God is a satirical novel by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym used by psychiatrist Stephen Bergman), published in 1978. The novel follows a group of medical interns at a fictionalized version of Beth Israel Hospital over the course of a year in the early 1970s, focusing on the psychological harm and dehumanization caused by their residency training.

The House of God book. Samuel Shem is the pen name for the author of this book. After reading a few lines of the lascivious tales within, it becomes obvious why a pseudonym was used. The House of God details the journey of Roy Bausch and 5 interns at one of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in the world. Contents are plenary, raw and tragic.

1 Except for her sunglasses, Berry is naked. Even now, on vacation in France with my internship year barely warm in its grave, I can't see her bodily imperfections. Читать онлайн The house of God. Shem Samuel. 1. Except for her sunglasses, Berry is naked. I love her breasts, the way they change when she lies flat, on her stomach, on her back, and then when she stands, and walks. Oh, how I love her breasts when she dances. Cooper's ligaments suspend the breasts. Cooper's Droopers, if they stretch.

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Books by Samuel Shem: At the Heart of the Universe.

10 5. Books by Samuel Shem: At the Heart of the Universe.

The sequel to the bestselling and highly acclaimed The House of God Years after the events of The House of God, the Fat Man has been given leadership over a new Future of Medicine Clinic at what is now only Man's 4th Best Hospital, and has persuaded Dr. Roy Basch and some of his intern cohorts to join him to teach. a new generation of interns and residents. The story of two mothers and a father in love with the same daughter, Samuel Shem's At the Heart of the Universe is an epic novel set deep in rural China against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery during the time of Mao's one-child population control policies.

Samuel Shem (Stephen Bergman . and published by Black Swan. The house of god. Samuel Shem. graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and earned a P. 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 with his wife and daughter near Boston.

This was written about medicine in the early 1970s. Much has changed in the profession, and the world, since then. Still, there's an underlining theme in this story that has endured over time. I first read it in the late 70s and it was remarkably insightful. If you have a sensitive disposition, don't read this. It will be disturbing. If you're going into healthcare, you must read it. Its content has helped me cope over the last 40+ years and it prepared me to keep my patients safe. Samuel Shem has written an article recently, that you can Google, adding to the "House Rules" and reflecting on the timelessness of this story. I'd have given it six stars in the 70s. Now, I've given it four stars just because the general reader won't like the 70s attitude.
Feel free to disagree about the "Some violence" tag I clicked. I felt the reader should have some warning about the suicide.
I read this book back in the late 70's and read it again only recently. I was curious to see two things : how much of the book I remembered correctly and how much the descriptions of that world were dated. I remember many silly details and had forgotten some major things and characters. In my mind the Fat Man figured much more prominently than he does. I guess I had built him up as sort of a Yoda figure over the years. Still, Fats remains perhaps my favorite character. Some of the medical procedures thankfully are no longer practice with the kind of frequency encountered in the book. Still it is amazing to me how much of the book deals with the same sort of conundrums the health care delivery systems do today. I'm not sure how someone who has never worked in an ER or ICU of a large teaching hospital can relate to the story, but I assure you that health care providers at that time were quite taken with the book. It provided a much needed recognition for the kind of soul sucking, energy draining, and morally bankrupt situations we were placed in on a daily basis. It has been compared to Catch 22 and I think that is probably fair though the two books come from different worlds. In both worlds, however, there are survivors and casualties and the House of God probably helped some to survive by the simple fact that misery loves company and company is therapeutic. This book was therapeutic for a past generation of house staff at all levels and disciplines. Upon revisiting it, I suspect it still provides some validation to the current one as well.
I tell people, "Hey, you should read House of God" and they're like, "meh". I tell them, "Half the book is hard-core sex. And they're like, "What?Let me see that book.... hey, half this book is hard-core sex!" And it is.
The novelty (pun intended) aside, I love this book for being utterly honest. Even if some aspects of work in the hospital are exaggerated, they exist nonetheless and I would say it's actually pretty accurate. In my short time as a student, I have observed at least half of the terrible coping mechanisms detailed in this book.... now that I know what I'm looking at.
Some say this book is offensive, some say it's depressing, and some say it's hilarious. I say it's all of those things. Just like life as a medical resident.
I'm an MS4 reading this for the first time. Even though things have remarkably improved since the time period this was written, it still rings so shockingly true that I put this down three times until I could stomach finishing it on a long flight. There were times it made me laugh hysterically on crowded flights as well as times where I was crying without realizing. No matter what your specialty, House of God is a must read. Remember to read through the end as the afterword makes some great points that would be worthless to try and summarize here.
I have read and re-read this book countless times. I've bought it for friends in the medical profession as gifts and I've bought 3 copies for myself over the years when I've lent it out and haven't gotten it back. I originally read this back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Samuel Shem, MD (a pseudonym) writes of a group of interns during their year at the US most renowned teaching hospital. As an RN, I found the scenarios and references hysterically funny...but, I don't believe you need to be in the medical profession to get all of the inside jokes. Some have said that it was an inspiration for St. Elsewhere, the groundbreaking tv show that launched/cemented the careers of some familiar faces: Denzel Washington, Alfre Woodward, Mark Harmon, Ed Begley, Jr., David Morse, etc. It definitely gave rise to some commonly used abbreviations in the medical profession! Most of it stands up to time, too...
Sadly amoral, hopefully a representation of a small portion of interns who didn't have the moral fiber to see themselves through the rigors of medical school without indulging in their sick fantasies and lack of backbone to stick to what they knew was truly right. Couldn't read this past a third and parts of that were skimmed d/t such distasteful excuses of' literature '!
This book is the "Catch 22" for medicine. So many of our common vernacular is found within these pages, nay, came from these pages, that to leave this unread in the pursuit of medicine is folly. At times obscene, at times profane, but always insightful, this book follows the journey of an internal medicine resident throughout his intern year. It will captivate you, disgust you, and really make you think about what it means to be a doctor. Not to be missed.