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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

from the reading room, November 16, 2013

Dr. Victoria Sweet’s life and view of medicine were completely transformed during her twenty years in San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, the last crumbling “almshouse” in the country, as she began to incorporate the surprisingly effective medical approaches of Hildegarde of Bingen, medieval healer, mystic,and herbalist. “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, completely absorbed me. Sweet’s patients steal our hearts, her personal journey captivates, and her challenging conclusions about today’s “health care system” vs. ‘”slow medicine” make this a terrific and timely read.
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

from the reading room, February 18, 2012

In the midst of our country’s current challenges and frustrations, Barbara Demick’s “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”” is a timely reminder of how immensely fortunate we are to live in an American democracy. It is a book so extraordinary, so captivating that I literally could not put it down. Little wonder that it is not only a recent National Book Award finalist, but a book club favorite as well.

Focusing on the stories of six defectors who lived in North Korea from about 1900 to 2005, Demick movingly recounts their agonized struggles to survive through the final years of Kim il Sung and the cataclysmic famine that decimated the population. It horrifies me to realize that even today, as I worry about gaining too much weight, deciding what TV program to watch, or which brand of chicken to buy, millions of North Korean citizens exist without food for body or spirit in “the world’s most repressive regime.”
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