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Publisher Description

By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative novel about Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country. 

“The raunchy, troubling, and hilarious novel that turned into a cult phenomenon.  Singularly compelling…brutally honest.”—The New York Times

Struggling with grueling hours and sudden life-and-death responsibilities, Basch and his colleagues, under the leadership of their rule-breaking senior resident known only as the Fat Man, must learn not only how to be fine doctors but, eventually, good human beings. 

A phenomenon ever since it was published, The House of God was the first unvarnished, unglorified, and uncensored portrait of what training to become a doctor is truly like, in all its terror, exhaustion and black comedy. With more than two million copies sold worldwide, it has been hailed as one of the most important medical novels ever written.

With an introduction by John Updike 

Fiction & Literature
September 7
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Dexter2917 ,


A gross, in depth look at the crazy world of a medical intern. Very smart, funny, and educational. Tells you what really goes on in a internship.

Lake0070 ,

The House of God

I must be one of the last of my colleagues to read this book! I am a nurse practitioner and have spent most of my career in academic hospitals working with surgical residents. While I recognize the fiction in this book, I also appreciate the truth expressed about medical education and the "abc"s of residency - accuse, blame and criticize. The advice offered to doctors at the end of the book is priceless! That being said, this book had me laughing out loud about how we, the caregivers, learn and cope with caring for hospitalized patients! A must read for doctors and nurses alike!!!

Yosweetmama ,

A good read, especially for doctors.

This is a brutal recounting of a year as a medical intern at a top notch hospital in the late 1970's. it examines man's inhumanity to man. Having been an intern at about the same time, I found it a fairly accurate depiction of what I experienced. It is fascinating, funny, and heartbreaking.

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