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The Arts and Medicine
October 15, 2019

Man’s 4th Best Hospital

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  • 1NYU School of Medicine, New York
JAMA. 2019;322(18):1746-1750. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.16384

That afternoon Fats asked me to go with him to do attending rounds in the hospital. Our titles were “attending physicians.” Each of us would be responsible, a month at a time, for rounding and teaching. We were accountable for the care of the patients—and the screwups of the docs—on that particular medical ward. The team we would teach consisted of a resident, an intern, and BMS students doing their rotations in medicine. As interns in the House, we had been near the bottom of the ward team. At Man’s 4th Best, we were at the top.

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    3 Comments for this article
    Can't Wait!
    Yasser Abdullah, MRCS Ophthalmo Edinburgh | University of Edinburgh
    Revolutionary, as it's expected to be. Your House of God changed my life, my career and my choices. I lived through similar experiences in my internship and residency. I lost faith in Medicine until I read it. I hope this sequel will be a warning, a pre hoc reflection and an inspiration of how we will make choices in our future practice.
    I can't wait to read the book.
    I Can Tell The Whole Book Will Be a Great Read!
    Thomas Schreiber, MD | Grand River Medical Group, Dubuque, Iowa
    I was just thinking about "The House of God" yesterday! Then to see this excerpt this morning, there are no coincidences! I will be ordering this book "Mans 4th Best Hospital" ASAP. The author's work resonated with me then, and I can tell still does today!
    Great Book
    Jeffrey Barkin, MD, Yale 1987 | Change Healthcare
    I laughed and cried, often at the same time. It's well worth the read and very nostalgic. Terrific book!