The House of God - Samuel Shem & John Updike

The House of God

By Samuel Shem & John Updike

  • Release Date: 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 393 Ratings


By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative novel about what it really takes to become a doctor.

“The raunchy, troubling, and hilarious novel that turned into a cult phenomenon.  Singularly compelling…brutally honest.”—The New York Times

Struggling with grueling hours and sudden life-and-death responsibilities, Basch and his colleagues, under the leadership of their rule-breaking senior resident known only as the Fat Man, must learn not only how to be fine doctors but, eventually, good human beings. 

A phenomenon ever since it was published, The House of God was the first unvarnished, unglorified, and uncensored portrait of what training to become a doctor is truly like, in all its terror, exhaustion and black comedy. With more than two million copies sold worldwide, it has been hailed as one of the most important medical novels ever written.

With an introduction by John Updike 


  • Awesome!

    By Kateisgreat918
    This book is amazing. I am a circulating nurse in the operating room. This book was recommended to me by a nurse anesthetist and I read it in less than a week. You won't be disappointed.
  • Amazing

    By ewimanewi
    Applying to medical school now. Best book I've read in a while. I was crying at times, laughing heartily, and always stimulated. Recommend 100%
  • MD oblivious

    By twhuff
    Loved the book, read it when it 1st came out. And MD, keep that attitude and you will find your career quite difficult.
  • Astonishing

    By Clayreed30
    One of the best books I have ever read.
  • The House of God

    By Lake0070
    I must be one of the last of my colleagues to read this book! I am a nurse practitioner and have spent most of my career in academic hospitals working with surgical residents. While I recognize the fiction in this book, I also appreciate the truth expressed about medical education and the "abc"s of residency - accuse, blame and criticize. The advice offered to doctors at the end of the book is priceless! That being said, this book had me laughing out loud about how we, the caregivers, learn and cope with caring for hospitalized patients! A must read for doctors and nurses alike!!!
  • Amazing

    By Dexter2917
    A gross, in depth look at the crazy world of a medical intern. Very smart, funny, and educational. Tells you what really goes on in a internship.