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Book Title: House Of God (Black Swan)|
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The author of the book: Samuel Shem
Edition: Transworld Digital
Date of issue: May 4th 2009
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Reader ratings: 5.5
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As I tell people: I liked the morals, not the story.
The message on why "the boys" didn't like the chief, how doing nothing is good medicine, and the difference between gomers and old folks are very pertinent to me and how I practice in healthcare. My favorite Laws include:
3. At a cardiac arrest, the first procedure is to take your own pulse.
4. The patient is the one with the disease
10. If you dont take a temperature you can't find a fever.
13. The delivery of medical care is to do as much nothing as possible.
Healthcare in the 21st century has gotten better at following the "less is (sometimes) more" idea, and the ethics of end-of-life care (beneficence and pt autonomy) are much better than that portrayed in the book--and yet the issues are still prominent today.
That being said: I couldn't keep track the different interns, making the story difficult to follow. I didn't find the characters terribly likeable. I totally skimmed over all the sex stuff (completely unnecessary IMHO and caused a break in the flow of the story).
And, as usual, I HATE the term "respirator". It's a ventilator, dag-nab it!
Summary, I like what Shem had to say, I didn't particularly like the way he said it.
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Read information about the authorSamuel Shem (aka Stephen Bergman) is the author of several books of fiction including the bestseller The House of God. He is a doctor, novelist, playwright, and activist. A Rhodes Scholar, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades and founded the Bill W. and Dr. Bob Project in the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. He divides his time between Boston, MA and Tierra Tranquila, Costa Rica.
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