God's hotel A doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine

Victoria Sweet

Book - 2012

"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, lower tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunit...y 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 body and soul"--Provided by publisher.

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New York : Riverhead Books 2012.
Physical Description
372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Victoria Sweet (-)
  • 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.