There’s a saying you should read nonfiction for facts and fiction for the truth. The novel The House of God is a true account of my internship experience at Beth Israel Hospital (the BI) in 1973-1974. The book has sold 3 million copies to date and counting, popular because of its authentic portrayal of medicine and postgraduate training, its rowdy sex and bawdy comedy, and its characters’ (my friends’) attempt to stay human and honor our patients’ humanity in a dehumanizing year.
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Bergman S. Basch Unbound—The House of God and Fiction as Resistance at 40. JAMA. Published online July 10, 2019322(6):486–487. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9499
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