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- DescriptionLook out for Victoria Sweet's new book, SLOW MEDICINE, coming September 2017 For readers of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, a medical -page-turner- that traces one doctor's -remarkable journey to the essence of medicine- (The San Francisco Chronicle). San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-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, relatively low-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 Hotel tells 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 the body and the soul.
- Author BiographyVictoria Sweet has been a physician at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years. An associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she is also a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine.
- Author(s)Victoria Sweet
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication30/04/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Science, Technology & Medical
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRiverhead Books,U.S.
- Weight318 g
- Width137 mm
- Height206 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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