The House of God

The House of God

Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Samuel Shem

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 5 February 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552991228
  • ISBN 13: 9780552991223
  • Sales rank: 1,829

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As in all hospitals, the medical hierarchy of The House of God was a pyramid - a lot at the bottom and one at the top.Put another way it was like an ice-cream cone...you had to lick your way up! Roy Basch, the 'red-hot' Rhodes Scholar, thought differently - but then he hadn't met Hyper Hooper, out to win the most post-mortems of the year award, nor Molly, the nurse with the crash helmet.He hadn't even met any of the Gomers ('Get Out of My Emergency Room!'), the no-hopers who wanted to die but who were worth more alive!

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Sameul Shem (Stephen Bergman M.D.) graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and earned a Ph.D in physiology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the novels The House of God, Mount Misery and Fine, and seven plays, including, with Janet Surrey, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Stone Centre, Wellesley College. He lives near Boston with his wife and daughter.

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"Great glittering floods of talent rage through this extraordinary novel" Cosmopolitan "A wildly funny, sad, laugh-out-loud, frightening, outrageous, thought-provoking, moving book" Houston Chronicle "Raw, realistic, ribald and randy" -- Richard Gordon, author of Doctor in the House "Catch-22 with stethoscopes" Cosmopolitan

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Now a classic! The hilarious novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns -- they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be. They came from the top of their medical school class to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer the flash of on-duty call lights and nubile nurses. But only the Fat Man --the Clam, all-knowing resident -- could sustain them in their struggle to survive, to stay sane, to love-and even to be doctors when their harrowing year was done.