AUGUST BOOK DISCUSSION
GOD’S HOTEL: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet will be the topic of discussion on MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Newman Room.
Victoria Sweet began as a new MD clinician and spent twenty years practicing medicine at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, one of the last free public hospitals for the chronically ill poor — “anyone who had fallen onto hard times and needed extended medical care.” She experienced a kind of “attentive” medicine at a time and place where individual patients were appreciated for their individuality and listened to in a way that helped their doctors learn what was needed for healing.
The contrast to the experience today of modern medical practice as a health care business due to the impact of profit motive, politics and increased dependence upon technology is startling, but evokes memories of an earlier, more personal practice of medical healing.
Not all participants will have read the current book under discussion, but please come to learn from the variety of perspectives of those who have. Bring a dish to share at the pot-luck lunch served mid-way through the discussion.
Contact Mary Kane Mauer for further information at (219) 531-0933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.