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God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Hardcover)

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Victoria Sweet has been a physician at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years. An associate clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, she also holds a Ph.D. in history and social medicine. To learn more about Victoria Sweet and her work, please visit www.victoriasweet.com.

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years.

Laguna Honda, lower tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea, of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.

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ISBN 9781594488436
Genre MEDICAL / Essays
Format Hardcover
Pages 372
Publisher Date 2012-04-26 00:00:00.0
Publisher Riverhead Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.25 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
Edition Number 1
Audience Professional and scholarly
Authors Sweet, Victoria
Country of Origin United States

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