God’s Hotel

The new book from
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 there.

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About the Book

"A watershed book that ambushes and transforms you with its visionary middle way between the irreplaceable skills of doctors, holistic medicine, and twenty-first century technology. Vital, exquisitely written, and spectacularly multi-dimensional."
-- Booklist

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About the Author

"Victoria Sweet is a master storyteller and a consummate physician. Her beautifully written stories from the frontline of health care document the struggle of all modern-day healers to hold fast to the immortal soul of Medicine despite the pressures of economics, the self-interest of politics, and the reductionism of science."
-- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

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Victoria Sweet at TED x Middlebury

Energized by the idea that caring about a patient is caring for a patient, Dr. Victoria Sweet tries to integrate the verititos or the life-force back into her patients. An emphasis on getting fresh air and free time to help build patient-doctor relationships may seem uneconomical, but Dr. Sweet argues that there is efficiency in inefficiency.