The Thin End

Dialogue with Samuel Shem - House of God Revisited

January 19, 2018

Ray Noble talks to Samuel Shem, the acclaimed author of The House of God. The House of God, published in 1978, has in many ways become a cult book in the medical profession. It follows a group of medical interns at Beth Israel Hospital over the course of a year in the early 1970s, focusing on the psychological harm and dehumanization caused by their residency training.  For this dialogue we took the opportunity to catch up with Samuel Shem when he visited Oxford last year.  We hope to have a more extensive interview with Samuel Shem in the near future.