God's Hotel

A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
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Author(s): Victoria Sweet
Original Publish Date: Apr 26, 2012
Product Number: EB00384878
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101561812
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Description

Victoria Sweet's new book, SLOW MEDICINE, is on sale now! For readers of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, a medical "page-turner" that traces one doctor's "remarkable journey to the essence of medicine" (The San Francisco Chronicle). 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, relatively low-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 the body and the soul.

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CD
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Author(s): Victoria Sweet
Narrator(s): Victoria Sweet
Product Number DD8446
Released: Apr 29, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452611846
eAudio
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Author(s): Victoria Sweet
Narrator(s): Victoria Sweet
Product Number Z100099798
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452691848