- 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 (496 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,692 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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This book is an absolute must read for anyone considering a career in medicine, in medical school or in residency.Published 6 days ago by Phillip
I have just completed the book after 4 days of light reading while on the beach, 2 weeks after completing my 3 year medical residency. Read morePublished 12 days ago by KOShipley
still trying to get through it. I thought year of the intern was more realistic.Published 14 days ago by Robert Fawcett
I didn't like it since all it talked about was how doctors seductively look at their co workers or patients. I rather not know that , thank you.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read, satirical take on the intern year and residency in general. Funny yet deep.Published 1 month ago by agree41
As a physician I cannot relate to this text and surmise it is imaginary exaggeration.Published 1 month ago by Richard