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

Author: Victoria Sweet
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Riverhead trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
History
Autobiography
Named Person: Victoria Sweet; Victoria Sweet
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Sweet
ISBN: 9781594488436 1594488436 9781594486548 1594486549
OCLC Number: 832316155
Description: x, 416 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Victoria Sweet.

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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.

"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.

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