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

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"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 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 body and soul"--Provided by publisher.
"Choosing service in the last remaining almshouse in America, and tracing our understanding of medicine back to its medieval roots, a physician uncovers lost lessons in the care of body and soul"--Provided by publisher.

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Arcade Free Library 610.92 SWEET (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52112100359942
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Clyde-Savannah Public Library 610.92 Sweet (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52116300583557
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Lyons Public Library B Sweet (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52141300299558
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Naples Library B SWEET (Text)
Chadwick Collection
52124300195422
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Stevens Memorial Community Library - Attica 610 SWEE (Text)
Nonfiction
52149100462094
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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua B SWEET (Text)
Adult Biography
31846002442217
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