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God's hotel

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28
AC2
L182
2012

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God's hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine

Sweet, Victoria.

New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.

372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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"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

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ISBN:

978-1-59448-843-6 (hardback)

ISBN:

978-1-59448-843-6 (hardback)

LC Call No:

R154.S925 A3 2012

Dewey Class No:

610.92 B 23

Author:

Sweet, Victoria.

Title:

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

Publisher:

New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.

Physical:

372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references.

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

Summary:

"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.

Subject:

Sweet, Victoria.

Subject:

Laguna Honda Hospital--History.

Subject:

Laguna Honda Hospital--History.

Subject:

Physicians--United States--Biography

Subject:

Hospital care--California--San Francisco--Anecdotes

Subject:

Hospitals--history

Subject:

Physicians.

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