On the Same Page - God's Hotel

An Author Talk with Dr. Victoria Sweet
Event detail
Add to my calendar
 
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 there. Dr. Sweet ended up there herself, as a physician. And though she came for only a two-month stay, she remained for twenty years.
In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Dr. Sweet  lays out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country.  In trying to get control of healthcare costs by emphasizing “efficiency,”  we’ve headed down a wrong path. Medicine works best—that is, arrives at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least cost—when the doctor has enough time to do a good job, and pays attention not only to the patient but to what’s around the patient.

God's Hotel is the On the Same Page selection for January/February 2014. Readers Books will sell books at the event.

Upcoming Events

Intersecting Film, Music and Queerness
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30 pm
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
Computer Help for Adults & Seniors
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 2:00 pm
Chinatown, Chinatown Computer Lab
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00 pm
Portola, Portola General Floor Area

More related events

Upcoming Classes

Book a Librarian
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
Marina, Marina General Floor Area
Book a Librarian
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:00 pm
Sunset, Sunset General Floor Area
Yoga in the LBPD
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:30 pm
Main Library, Library for the Blind

More related classes

Take our survey