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God S Hotel

Author : Victoria Sweet
ISBN : 9781594486548
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A portrait of America's last surviving almshouse describes the author's practice at Laguna Honda Hospital, explaining how its patients and low-tech focus on "attentive medicine" transformed her views about health care.

God S Hotel

Author : Victoria Sweet
ISBN : 9781101561812
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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 Hôtel-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.

God S Hotel

Author : Victoria Sweet
ISBN : 1594488436
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A portrait of America's last surviving almshouse describes the author's long-time practice at Laguna Honda Hospital, explaining how its extraordinary patients and low-tech focus on "attentive medicine" transformed her views about health care. 25,000 first printing.

Slow Medicine

Author : Victoria Sweet
ISBN : 9780698183711
Genre : Medical
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A radical new understanding of how medicine is best practiced, from the award-winning author of God's Hotel Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing.

Rooted In The Earth Rooted In The Sky

Author : Victoria Sweet
ISBN : 0415993334
Genre : History
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Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky is a detailed study of the medicine of Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval mystic, theologian and composer, who also wrote a practical medical text. Although there has been an explosion of interest in Hildegard's music, theology, illuminations and medicine in the last two decades, this is the first book to use her remarkable text to revise not only our conception of Hildegard but also of premodern medicine itself. It does so by contextualizing her work with primary and secondary historical sources, unedited manuscripts, anthropological and archeological evidence and linguistic analyses. Its surprising conclusion is that the premodern body was more like a plant than a machine or a computer program, and the physician more like a gardener than a mechanic or a computer programmer.

Sooner Or Later

Author : Damiano De Sano Iocovozzi
ISBN : 9780984225866
Genre : Medical
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If you or a family member suffer from a life-threatening illness and have been told there is little chance of a medical cure or remission, "Sooner or Later" is written for you. It offers the reader a safe place to help process the turbulent emotions during the diagnosis phase and remain sane, rational and in control. Pertinent questions to ask specialists, written in a way reader and provider understand, empower patients and their families to seek the appropriate level of care. To date, no other book offers the information and tools to take control and make good decisions to maintain the best quality of life. "Sooner or Later is a rare treasure. This book shines with compassion, wisdom, humor, and truth. I believe it should be must reading for everyone. Really " Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Amor Fati

Author : Denise Kingsley
ISBN : 1506197094
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Warm-hearted, straightforward, and unafraid, Amor Fati is the autobiography of Denise Noella Kingsley, who learned to love her fate and through a life well-lived has inspired others to do the same. In this timeless memoir, Kingsley shares the true story of her years in Hotel Dieu (God's Hotel) among the Grey Sisters in Quebec, Canada, and her unusual journey from abandoned orphan in the 1950's to fulfilled American woman - as the mother of inter-racial children in the tumultuous 1960's, independent woman in the 1970's, career successes and challenges in the 80's and 90's and happy retiree today. Kingsley's compelling first-person account of how she went from orphan to administrative expert offers a fascinating view of what it takes to change the course of one's life, and the need to continue to love one's fate in the face of adversity.

No Apparent Distress A Doctor S Coming Of Age On The Front Lines Of American Medicine

Author : Rachel Pearson
ISBN : 9780393249255
Genre : Medical
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A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk. In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas. Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is “All Are Welcome Here,” she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white. No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

I Know This Much Is True

Author : Wally Lamb
ISBN : 0060391626
Genre : Fiction
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Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation

Ill Composed

Author : Olivia Weisser
ISBN : 9780300213478
Genre : Medical
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In the first in-depth study of how gender determined perceptions and experiences of illness in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, Olivia Weisser invites readers into the lives and imaginations of ordinary men and women. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal diaries, medical texts, and devotional literature, the author enters the sickrooms of a diverse sampling of early modern Britons. The resulting stories of sickness reveal how men and women of the era viewed and managed their health both similarly and differently, as well as the ways prevailing religious practices, medical knowledge, writing conventions, and everyday life created and supported those varying perceptions. A unique cultural history of illness, Weisser’s groundbreaking study bridges the fields of patient history and gender history. Based on the detailed examination of over fifty firsthand accounts, this fascinating volume offers unprecedented insight into what it was like to live, suffer, and inhabit a body more than three centuries ago.

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