|Source, not the monitor in my hospital room
|Available here, but mine was cheaper at the grocery store
A friend lent me a copy of God's Hotel, a memoir of sorts by a doctor who worked for 20 years at one of the last almshouse hospitals in the U.S. The book starts out in the 1980's in San Francisco. Even though the 1,000+ patients at Laguna Honda are mostly there because they are indigent and the County Hospital doesn't know what else to do for them, Dr. Sweet, the author, loves practicing medicine there because in spite of it's old fashioned equipment, she is free to practice without any HMO's breathing down her neck, to get to know her patients, and to give them the time they need to heal. While working part time, she pursues a PhD in the History of Medicine, her focus of study being on medieval medicine and the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen, a German nun from the 12th century. The author's interest in pre-modern medical treatments draws an interesting parallel to the way she was trained to practice medicine in modern times. Full disclosure: I haven't quite finished the book yet, but it is the first book that has held my attention since I was admitted to the hospital, and if that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is. Also, some of the descriptions of patients can be pretty gritty, so keep that in mind if you are weak of stomach. Linking up with the Spiciest Housewife.
|The fruits of my labor
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