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San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves - "anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care - ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for 20 years.
Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea of the body as a garden to be tended.
God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility", revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.
©2012 Victoria Sweet (P)2013 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Keiderling on 03-11-16

Inspiring

Should be required reading for all people involved in medical professions.
I wish I had read it while I was still practicing nursing. We all need to be taken care of and we need to take care of each other

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joel on 06-09-15

An invaluable perspective

I love the reading of this book.
I thought the content of this book was very insightful into our current healthcare system in America.
i'm very impressed by her life as well. Her accomplishments, The purpose of her work, and the intentionality of her life.

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