God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
The original Lagunda Honda Hospital
Laguna Honda Hospital was built in San Francisco in 1867 as an almshouse, which provided medical and spiritual care and a sense of community to the early residents of the city who could no longer support themselves. After it served as a place of refuge for many of the survivors of the devastating 1906 earthquake, Laguna Honda was rebuilt in 1909 as a 1,178 bed facility at the base of Twin Peaks, making it one of the largest almshouses in the United States throu ...more
Don't miss the obvious.
Take responsibility for making people better, as opposed to checking off some box.
Look at the patient and the chart and think for yourself.
Slow Medicine is better AND cheaper than modern high-tech "healthcare."
Use words to mean something; avoid garbage diagnoses like "Alzheimer's."
First thing, get rid of the bean counters.
Listen to people.
Notice what doesn't fit in the picture.
I was especially confused by LHH's intense ...more
Set up during the Gold Rush, Laguna Honda is a hospital from a different era. Wide hallways and open, ...more
The story of Laguna Honda--God's Hospital--is compelling in itself, as is the physician-author's relationship with the hospital and with the live-in patients and medical sta ...more
1.) Lengthy description the current state of Laguna Honda Hospital usually including much extraneous administrative detail (nature of charting, forms, etc.)
2.) The author's reflection on her Ph.D. studies re: Hildegard and the history of premodern medicine
3.) Some patient anecdote and lessons learned from thi ...more
Even though "G-d's Hotel" is different from any other book that I have read, it was still interesting. I enjoyed the medical anecdotes that Dr. Sweet retells which provide an insight into the hospital. The information within the book about medical terms, medical history she learns ab ...more
It's not a political book generally but I loved the way she
discusses taking her own, very pragmati ...more
The sections pertaining to the History of M ...more
I first became a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project in 2002, and during our training we spent a number of hours at Laguna Honda Hospital, one of two sites at which ZHP provides hospice caregiver volunteers. The hospice ward volunteer administrator, Eric Poche, is a saint, a gentle, loving, accepting, wonderful man and every volunteer who was under his care loved him with a cultlike rever ...more
Dr. Sweet's personal accounts show how many of the important subtleties in medicine are being left at the wayside to make room for the new models of medicine; Hospitals be ...more
Victoria Sweet did an incredible ...more
Dr. Sweet's memoir, like her diagnoses of some of her patients, has multiple independet but interacting parts. In part it is about her work in San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, a public facility which is a direct intellectual descendent of the medieval almshouse. The second part is her study of the medical writings of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Germany nun(and abbess) better known for her mystical religious writtings. The third strain, which appears towards the end of the book, is...more
It is the patients stories that shine and help to push the story foreward. There is lots of pressure from administrator ...more