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

AUTHOR Sweet, Victoria
PUBLISHER Tantor Audio (04/29/2013)
PRODUCT TYPE Audio (Compact Disc)

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San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the h tel-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-13: 9781452611846
ISBN-10: 145261184X
Binding: CD-Audio (CD Standard Audio Format)
Content Language: English
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Carton Quantity: 20
Product Dimensions: 6.43 x 1.08 x 5.59 inches
Weight: 0.63 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Price on Product - Canadian, Price on Product, Unabridged
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Medical | Essays
Medical | Medical (Incl. Patients)
Medical | Personal Memoirs
Grade Level: College Freshman and up
Dewey Decimal: B
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San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the h tel-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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Author: Sweet, Victoria
Victoria Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco. A prizewinning historian, she is also the author of Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky.
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Narrated by: Sweet, Victoria
Victoria Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco. A prizewinning historian, she is also the author of Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky.
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