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The House of God by Samuel Shem
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May 05, 2012

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Read in September, 2011

This novel is ubiquitous in the Medical field, even today. Gomer. Horses not Zebras. Take your own pulse. These are quoted and referenced so often that I knew I just had to read it.
Many people say that you should wait until internship onwards to read it due to it's ridiculously high level of cynicism; I would postulate that nobody ever wants to become as cynical as the characters in this novel, and as such there's no real ideal time to read it. A word of warning though - do read it with a mental "wall" put up. It is cynical and deprecating and it can very easily get you down. Don't "fall" for it; don't believe that everyone ends up this way; don't think that this is the true side of medicine and you have been living a lie. It's absurdly far-fetched but all the same, there are grains of truth in a lot of what he says (a tiny grain, sometimes, but a grain nonetheless).

NB. It probably deserves 3.5 stars.

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