Man's 4th Best Hospital
The sequel to the bestselling and highly acclaimed The House of God
Years after the events of The House of God, the Fat Man has been given leadership over the new Future of Medicine Clinic at what used to be Man's Best Hospital but has sunk to an embarrassing 4th, and has persuaded Dr. Roy Basch and some of his cohorts to join him in teaching a new generation of interns and residents. In a medical landscape dominated by computer screens and corrupted by money, they have one goal: to make medicine humane again.
What follows is a mesmerizing, heartbreaking, and hilarious exploration of how the health-care industry, and especially doctors, have evolved over the past thirty years.
Samuel Shem is a novelist, playwright, and a member of the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. His novels include
The House of God, Mount Misery, Fine, and
The Spirit of the Place. He is coauthor with his wife, Janet Surrey, of the hit Off-Broadway play
Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (winner of the 2007 Performing Arts Award of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), and
We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Men and Women.