Victoria Sweet “God’s Hotel”

May 14th, 2012

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Once, a long time ago, America had hundreds of hospitals that served their community’s poor — “almshouses,” they were often called. They practiced a kind of medicine virtually unknown in the west today, “slow medicine.”

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But by the 1990s there was only one such hospital left in the entire country, San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital. That’s where Victoria Sweet thought she was going to spend a couple of months, doctoring patients. She ended up staying twenty years. and her new book “God’s Hotel” is a chronicle of those years.

It’s an eye-opening look at what medicine once was, and — Sweet says — can be again.

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