- Paperback: 429 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing; 1st edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440133718
- ISBN-13: 978-0440133711
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shem portrays masterfully the jumble of emotions of a typical intern. There is a superficial level of glossy brown-nosing that got you into med school in the first place. Buzz words like compassion, continuity of care and empathy are used with the teaching physicians and in meetings. Then there is a deeper level of survival where you would kill your mother for 5 minutes of sleep or being able to crap without the code blue pager going off. This level is usually not discussed or written about in many of the typical intern coming-of-age books out there. Not because it isn't true, but because it's uncomfortable and offensive to non-physicians. Shem is the master of this level of medical thinking. No one else even comes close. Shem approaches but doesn't quite get to an even more primal level - that of duty. This level is what keeps an intern from punching his residency directors or the arrogant surgeon who asks him "What is the difference between a sh*thead and a brown-noser" and then tells you the answer is depth perception.(True story) It's what makes you do your best when you know the patient is hopeless or even abusive as you try your best to save them from themselves or some disease.Read more ›
This book is a must read for the doctor to be. The nonmedical world has to realise that what seems as perverse dark sick humor (gomers, turfing, not doing anything, the only good admission is a dead admission) is merely an attempt to survive the onslaught of internship. Balance fatigue with limited knowledge and throw in some unparralled responsibility and you get a taste of what it's like.
House of God does just that.
Oh.. and never ever.... go to a teaching hospital in July. :)
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A surprising, behind-the-scenes hospital/interns read. Makes one never want to go to a hospitalPublished 3 days ago by joe paszek
As a physician, this book touched my heart and soul. This is the second time I read it, the first being as a med student many years ago. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Richard A. Covert
This book is the equivalent of a steaming dog turd served under glass when you are expecting dinner.Published 10 days ago by TurboNerd
I read the book during my fellowship and I'm glad someone acknowledges what we go thrugh. Residency broke me and my marriage, but it also made me a better person.Published 15 days ago by Julio C. Rojas
I got a couple copies of this book. One to reread, and one to send off as a gift. St Elsewhere tv series was sort of based on this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Claire Richardson
This book is a must for anyone in medicine, going into medicine or just interested in reading a good story of medicine. The House of God tells the story of an Interns experiences. Read morePublished 16 days ago by MilkyWayGalaxy29
Wish I had read this before my residency. Very fun to listen to during my drive to work. Makes you appreciate the older docs a little more. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Pi Hung
As a former rotating intern and surgical resident at Cook County this book best captures the black humor and insanity of a big city hospital house staff. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Robert Rose