A Book Doctors Can’t Close
By HOWARD MARKEL, M.D.
It was a raunchy, troubling and hilarious novel that turned into a cult phenomenon devoured by a legion of medical students, interns, residents and doctors. It introduced characters like “Fat Man” — the all-knowing but crude senior resident — and medical slang like Gomer, for Get Out of My Emergency Room.
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Called “The House of God,” the book was drawn from real life, and 30 years after its initial publication, it is still part of the medical conversation.
I still recommend it to future medical students, though I don’t know why. It’s an entertaining book, and while medicine (and I hear resident education) have moved on, it’s a classic.