By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative novel about what it really takes to become a doctor.
“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
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.
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!!!
Great read, and relatable for those in medicine
An awesome story teller, and although satirical at times; if you look beyond you will see the absurdity of what we do as providers and/or clinicians. I recommend all my students (Medical and PA) along with PA’s, nurses, APN’s and anyone else who will listen to read this