Title: House of God
Author: Samuel Shem
Genre: Fiction, Autobiography
Author’s Website: http://www.samuelshem.com
Dr Perera’s Rating:
Samuel Shem is the pen-name of the American psychiatrist Stephen Joseph Bergman. In this, his most well-known work, he reflects on the vicissitudes of the life of a doctor in training. The author (it is believed), adopts the character of a fictional doctor, outlining the highs and lows of medical training in the mid 1970’s. The story is set in a teaching hospital and some of the events described are quite raunchy while there are others that are quite sad. Overall, the exposé on the sophistry of the elite is eye opening to the uninitiated.