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

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This book gives $1.25. High Five!

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

$27.95 $16.98


San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Htel-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.

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594488436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488436
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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