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    God's Hotel A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

    ISBN-10: 1594488436
    ISBN-13: 9781594488436
    Edition: 2012
    Author(s): Victoria Sweet
    Description: San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-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,  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2012
    Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    Publication Date: 4/26/2012
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 384
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.232
    Language: English

    San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-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 Hoteltells 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.

    Introduction. How I Came To God's Hotel
    First Years
    The Love of Her Life
    The Visit of Dee and Tee, Health-Care Efficiency Experts
    The Miraculous Healing of Terry Becker
    Slow Medicine
    Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman
    Dancing to the Tune of Glenn Miller
    Wedding at Cana
    How I Fell in Love
    It's a Wonderful Country
    Recalled to Life
    The Spirit of God's Hotel
    Acknowledgments
    Notes

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