House Of God

book by Samuel Shem about hospital 1st-year residents - ISBN:0440133688

it is the book's humor around sacrosanct medical phenomena that evokes strong responses in readers

the rules

  • at a cardiac arrest, the first procedure is to take your own pulse
  • if you don't take a temperature, you can't find a fever
  • the patient is the one with the disease
  • they can always hurt you more

led to sequel Mount Misery about psych work - see Samuel Shem page.

related: Michael Wolff on the Morality of keeping his mother alive too long

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