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The House of God - Book Review

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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
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Published September 12th 2012
The House of God by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym of the psychiatrist Stephen Bergman).

The House of God is a wild and raunchy, irreverent novel that teaches you the not-so-gentle arts of healing and tells you what your doctor never wanted you to know. Now regarded as a bawdy cult classic, this is a very humorous telling of everyday life in the emergency department of a large American hospital.

"Not that the young interns and residents and nurses conjured up by Samuel Shem are not sympathetic; they all bring to the grisly fun house of hospital care a residue of their initial dedication, and the most cynical of them, the Fat man, is the most effective and expert."

"This book affords medical students the shock of recognition, and offers them comfort and amusement in the midst of their Hippocratic travails." John Updike.

Jewish humour at its best with slabs of pathos and self-deprecating memoirs of interns daily life.

Shades of M.A.S.H. and Catch 22 this book will have you laughing till the tears run down your legs.

Medical mayhem.

The House of God could probably not be published in these PC times, but it's portrayal of the flawed US health system in the 1970s is hilarious.
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