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  • ISBN: 9781984805362
  • ISBN: 1984805363
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019.

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General Note:
Sequel to: The House of God.
Summary, etc.:
The sequel to the bestselling and highly acclaimed The House of God One of the most prominent and enduring titles in medical fiction is the bitingly funny House of God, which has sold more than 2 million copies, becoming required reading for generations of medical students and health care professionals. With Man's 4th Best Hospital, Samuel Shem "the comic genius and holy terror of medicine"* returns us to the hilarious and heartbreaking world of modern medicine. After The House of God, the resident known as The Fat Man and his eccentric band of interns scattered to the four corners of the country. Today Fats, now rich and famous, has been lured across town to the House of God's WASPy rival, Man's Best Hospital. But the august institution has sunk from being ranked the best hospital in the country to an embarrassing, and unacceptable, 4th! Fats' mission? To help the hospital climb back up the rankings. But as always, he's pursuing his own agenda. . . At his new Future of Medicine Clinic, the team comes back together to renew their life-changing friendships and teach a new generation of interns and residents. In a medical landscape dominated by computer screens and corrupted by money, they have a daunting goal: "To put the human back into healthcare." What follows is an emotional and laugh-out-loud novel that reflects the issues in American healthcare today, from the tyranny of computer screens to doctor burnout to the greed of the health insurance industry. * Bill McKibben.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    *Starred Review* What used to be Man's Best Hospital is now Man's 4th Best. After a slide down the rankings, the hospital president, hoping to regain the institution's former glory, hires his boyhood nemesis, the Fat Man, who brings along his old crew from Shem's earlier The House of God (1978), including Dr. Roy Basch. Fiction and reality tend to merge here: in The House of God, Basch writes a tell-all fictionalized book about his medical residency, while, in reality, that novel dramatized the residency of one Dr. Stephen Bergman, the real person behind the pseudonym Samuel Shem. Having returned to medicine at New York University's School of Medicine, Bergman/Shem witnessed the ravages that the twin evils of money and computer screens were causing in the profession and set about writing this sequel, in which the nearly indefatigable Fat Man and his do-or-die crew resist the money-grubbing interfaces that force doctors to spend more time checking boxes on their screens than talking to patients. When, shortly after the Fat Man's arrival, the doctors conveniently lose all access to the system for filing outgoing information, their new checkbox-free utopia leads to happier staff and better patient reviews. But their struggle against a powerful system is only just beginning. Filled with unforgettable characters and the shocking reality of the many rackets running through the medical industry, this sobering yet hilarious satire manages to offer a glimmer of hope for putting humans back into health care. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Samuel Shem is a novelist, playwright, and a member of the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. His novels include The House of God, Mount Misery, Fine, and The Spirit of the Place. He is coauthor with his wife, Janet Surrey, of the hit Off-Broadway play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (winner of the 2007 Performing Arts Award of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), and We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Men and Women.

Subject: Physicians > Fiction.
Medical education > Fiction.
Medical education.
Genre: Novels.

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