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Book Note: Samuel Shem, The House of God

I read this book about 5-Sep-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1978. This note was last modified Monday, 09-Feb-2004 21:18:36 PST.

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Actually, Samuel Shem, M.D. With a new introduction by John Updike, yet. Lydy picked this up — at the medical bookstore near where she works. It's marketed as fiction, and is probably thinly disguised autobiography mostly.

It sure has the ring of personal experience to it. Test link foo foo.

Taking it that way, it's scary. There are, according to his experience, a lot of severely damaged people in the medical profession, and the damage often leads them to do bad things professionally. It's not even, mostly, just greed and self-interest, it's real psychological trauma damage.

The sex scenes strike me as written to pump up the sales. The fact of the sex is relevant to the plot, but they don't feel really comfortable, as though the writer were working at it.

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