Novelist Doctor Skewers Corporate Medicine In ‘Man’s 4th Best Hospital’

"The profession we love has been taken over," psychiatrist and novelist Samuel Shem tells NPR, "with us sitting there in front of screens all day, doing data entry in a computer factory."

Samuel Shem’s 1978 novel, The House of God, was a sardonic look at U.S. medicine through a young doctor’s eyes. Shem’s new fiction checks in with the same crew in the age of medicine by smartphone.

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