Translations of GOD’S HOTEL

Posted by: on September 24, 2014

We’ve just signed the contract for God’s Hotel to be published in Chinese, in China. So now it’s been translated into: Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Hungarian. Looking forward to the European countries stepping up!

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Interview on Slow Medicine with Dr. Sweet at Words and Conversations

Posted by: on July 30, 2014

See here:

HuffPo publishes an excerpt from God’s Hotel

Posted by: on June 2, 2014

On my patient, Terry Becker’s, Miraculous Healing:

Two New Book Reviews of GOD’S HOTEL

Posted by: on May 27, 2014

Even at this late date! The first from the club of which I was not a member, the honor society for medical school, here: Pharos Book Reviews 4-1.2014 – incl Gods Hotel and the second from the journal, Family Medicine:


Posted by: on May 11, 2014


An interview with Dr. Sweet in the HuffPo

Posted by: on April 22, 2014

On taking care of yourself in the healthcare system, sexism, and self-discovery, an interview by Mehroz Baig, see here:

Dr. Sweet awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Posted by: on April 11, 2014

Thanks very much to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for their award of a Fellowship in the category of Creative Arts, General Non-Fiction, for the 2014-2015 year. It will allow Dr. Sweet to work on her next book, tentatively titled, “Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing in an Age of Technology.”

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Florence Nightingale and the New York Times

Posted by: on March 4, 2014

FN made it back into the news, perhaps partly because the Crimea suddenly seems close, and not far. She was an amazing woman, and once you start to read her, it’s hard to stop. For my article on Nightingale, Obamacare, and the idea of a calling, see

GOD’S HOTEL picked as San Francisco’s On the Same Page book

Posted by: on January 5, 2014

Thanks to the San Francisco Public Library for its pick of January/February, 2014. :

Occupy Medicine. Or Re-Occupy it, at least for a day.

Posted by: on October 11, 2013

With his recent [September 18] New York Times‘s Opinionator piece, “Medicine’s Search for Meaning,” David Bornstein stumbled upon a phenomenon—a cache of disaffected, frustrated, angry doctors, the same cache I’ve stumbled on with GOD’S HOTEL, and its message that the best medicine is often Slow Medicine. So many doctors wrote in response that Bornstein wrote a follow-up essay on October 2, “Who Will Heal the Doctors?” and hundreds more doctors have responded to that.

Imagine how many doctors those hundreds represent!. . . And you don’t have to imagine, I can tell you—they represent thousands. The thousands of doctors who are retiring early because they can’t stand not being able to practice real medicine. The thousands of doctors who are dropping out to set up concierge or boutique or direct patient practices—so they have enough time to do a good job. The thousands more with medical school loans and years to go who are seething; their anger soon to boil and then reduce into a mixture of depression and withdrawal.

What do all these doctors want? More money?

Not exactly. More money, sure why not, but more important, they want their profession, their calling, back, with its values of service and respect.  They want not to be healthcare providers, or worse, healthcare data providers. Above all, they want—we want—our time back with our patients.

That’s the real bottom line. Nothing—no healthcare efficiencies, no computer algorithms—can shorten the time it takes for a doctor to do a good job—which means listening to the patient, doing a thorough exam, going over labs, formulating the diagnosis and coming up with the plan.

After seeing the effect of his piece, Bornstein had the thought that what doctors need is a movement, a kind of “Occupy Medicine.”

But don’t doctors already Occupy Medicine?

Alas, they don’t, having been pushed out of that property by healthcare economists, bureaucrats, administrators and all their consequent rules, regulations, and forms, which now take up seventy percent of our time, as recent studies have shown.

Well then, why not re-occupy Medicine, for one day at least? A Slow Medicine Day, perhaps? A day where doctors choose not to fill out forms but instead spend our time with our patients. What would happen? If doctors took all the time they needed on one particular day? Would it take us until midnight to see our patients? Or with all the extra time we’d have from not filling out forms, would we end up seeing our patients in the same amount of time or even less?

Certainly we would see them better and therefore more efficiently, since with all the time we needed to listen, examine, and think we would get closer to their real diagnoses and their correct treatments. And nothing is more cost-effective than that.

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