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Summer Reading 2013
Summer Orientation ReadingThis year's text is God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet.
The Summer Reading Study Guide is available for students to review before they attend Orientation.
San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital has been described as "the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages." Dancers, professors, and thieves – anyone, really – who had fallen on hard times might end up at Laguna Honda, where they could stay as long as was necessary. In God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Dr. Victoria Sweet writes about her 20 years at Laguna Honda, presenting interesting parallels between a hospital and a residence hall and providing opportunities for the reader to explore issues of community. A colorful cast of characters that run through the book – doctors, nurses, and Dr. Sweet's extraordinary patients – provides something for every reader to connect with and enjoy.
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead Trade, ISBN-10: 1594486549, ISBN-13: 978-1594486548) is available in bookstores and online.