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Author Sweet, Victoria.

Title God's hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine / Victoria Sweet.

Imprint New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    610 SWE    Available
Description 372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents First years -- The love of her life -- The visit of Dee and Tee, health-care efficiency experts -- The miraculous healing of Terry Becker -- Slow medicine -- Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman -- Dancing to the tune of Glen Miller -- Wedding at Cana -- How I fell in love -- It's a wonderful country -- Recalled to life -- The spirit of God's hotel.
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher.
"Choosing service in the last remaining almshouse in America, and tracing our understanding of medicine back to its medieval roots, a physician uncovers lost lessons in the care of body and soul"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Sweet, Victoria.
Laguna Honda Hospital (San Francisco, Calif.) -- History.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Hospital care -- California -- San Francisco -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 9781594488436 (hardback)
1594488436 (hardback)

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