Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is C. The House of God by Samuel Shem

In 1978, Joseph Bergman released this novel under the pseudonym Samuel Shem. The House of God is about medical internships, and has become a cult classic among doctors for its brutally honest descriptions of working in a hospital and for its satirical tone and dark humor. The House of God draws upon the real experiences Bergman faced as an intern at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital, with the characters of the novel mirroring real coworkers from his experience.

While it seems that persistent reruns of the medial drama series Grey's Anatomy have given the general public a window into the 100-hour workweeks and dehumanizing experiences interns face, The House of God became exceedingly popular for doing the same thing much earlier—giving medical neophytes insight into the grueling reality of what it's like to be an intern. For this reason, many doctors denied the novel's existence at its release, but The House of God is now among the most embraced books by medical school professors and physicians.

Joseph Bergman has since retired from practicing psychiatry and is now a full-time novelist.[12,13]


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