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Publisher's Summary

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 irreverent 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 20th century and compared to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith for its poignant portrayal of the education of American doctors.
©1978 Stephen Bergman (P)2011 Tantor
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"Fascinating." ( The Wall Street Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tamara T. on 01-20-16

First time I started it I hated it...

I started reading this during my intern year and couldn't get past the second chapter, I found it insulting and unrealistic but I've never experienced anything like that before. I picked it up again in my third year residency and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend anybody in medicine to read it because there are still institutions out there very much like this.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 10-26-14

Gets a lot of hype.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would, but only to doctor friends and I would try to manage their expectations.

If you’ve listened to books by Samuel Shem before, how does this one compare?


Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Fats. Good humor, good advice to main character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

I was a little surprised about the amount of sex in this book. Either I'm really boring or it was a different time in the 70s. If I tried to have sex with as many nurses as what goes on in this book I would have been fired with maybe a lawsuit. Different times....
I don't know if it enhanced the story either.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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