The House of God

The House of God

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452654416
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 964,711
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Samuel Shem is the pen name of Stephen Bergman, a doctor, novelist, playwright, and activist whose books include Mount Misery, The Spirit of the Place, and Fine.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

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The House of God 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic tale from the 1970's by Dr. Samuel Shem (pen name). It's considered a Must Read for anyone considering medical school and being a doctor. As a physician myself, I often recommend this book to my pre med and medical students. It still resonates today, after introducing such controversial terms as "Gomer," short for Get Out of My Emergency Room. It's a fun, but dark read that depicts the hospital as a partial sexual madhouse. Overall I don't think real life is quite as dramatic as the fiction presented by Dr. Shem here, but it's still an absolute must read for anyone interested in being a doctor. The only knock on HOG is that it's now a bit outdated. Because of this, I also recommend my students read two more recent books, "In Stitches" by Dr. Anthony Youn and "Monday Mornings" by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Both are famous TV doctors, but Dr. Youn's book is a memoir while Dr. Gupta's book is fiction. "In Stitches" is funny and covers one doctor's harrowing four years in medical school. I loved this one. "Monday Mornings" is more serious, and covers attending doctors and M&M conferences. Both are new must-reads for pre meds and med students alike, in my opinion.
TheJazzDoctor More than 1 year ago
OMG....this is my second purchase of this classic. I am so impressed with it from the perspective of practicing emergency physician who has literally seen it all in the past 41 years. It has prompted me to write my own memoirs.....still in process. The Jazz Doctor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an emergency nurse for over 20 years. I am now buying this book for my daughter who will be attending medical school. This book will never go out of date!
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catsalive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On first picking up the book & reading the Introduction I thought I'd have a lot of trouble reading this, and that I wasn't going to enjoy it at all. However, I found it very easy to read once I got started, although initially I thought it quite disgusting, a bit too ribald and bitter. After a while I found I was beginning to feel compassion for the interns despite their cynical treatment of the gomers. Ultimately, the 'terns bitterness is unsurprising and I can see that suicide might be quite prevalent for those unable to cope.Definitely well worth reading. I'd like to read it again some day as it's worth a second viewing, I think. I'd probably get a laugh out of it the 2nd time even though I'm not a part of that medical fraternity.
barbharris1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a medical student in the early 1980s (mandatory read for any medical student or resident). A very acerbic view of life as an intern in a large hospital but unfortunately it rings true. I got to meet the author in person last night as he gave a lecture at the UCF medical school.
nyiper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sanja Gupta had the author of this book on his show and highly recommended the book as a classic, especially for medical interns. Of course, things haven't changed - they have only gotten worse in terms of not letting people die without overwhelming medical intervention.
tigerswims on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book during my 3rd year of medical school was cathartic; however, I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone outside the medical profession. It's crass, irreverent, explicit, and cynical - but it validated a lot of what I had been feeling and experiencing in the hospital environment, and there is a good dose of humanity that comes through. To anyone who is in medicine - a great read.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Catch 22 book for med students. Written in the '70s, he says his mission was to change the inhumanity and cynicism he experienced as a med student, and decided the only way was to write a satiric novel. My daughter (now a doctor) loved it because it was (still) so true to life - for me it was profoundly depressing for this very reason.
Georg.Miggel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorit books. It is set in a hospital and deals with a lot of medical problems. But in contains wisdom which is useful in millions of other areas, especially the Zebra Rule: "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras"
ague on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book. So original. Might be made into a great movie. It probably already has been. This book helped me get started collecting books by doctors.
Jamie638 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I came across The House of God while I was an internal medicine resident in September, 1978 when it was first published. I can still remember leafing through it in the bookstore and laughing out loud. I could not believe that someone had actually put into writing the things my fellow residents and interns secretly joked about to relieve our stress. It has since become the bible for all medical professionals. I can't recommend it enough to all readers, not just doctors, nurses, and physician's assistants. It is the funniest book I have ever read.
tinku99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Was worth reading when you didn't have Scrubs, ER, Gray's Anatomy... kind of depressing, much like real residency.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has a good amount of humor, while tackling depressing topics. I really enjoyed the imagery of the book, I can imagine the characters, the scenes, the patients, everything. Highly recommend
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Awesome book, have ready it several times and it is never boring. After working in the medical profession, the book is "RIGHT ON"
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A grrat look at the workings of medicine. Scarey.
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