God's Hotel - A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine-logo

God's Hotel - A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

Victoria Sweet

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years. Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years. Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.
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San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years. Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea of the body as a garden to be tended. God's Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern "health care facility," revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.

Language:

English

Length:

13h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

23:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

52:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

48:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

49:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

59:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

38:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

37:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

42:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

43:06