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November 18th 2012 | in The Spirit of the Place (2008), What People Are Saying

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THE SPIRIT OF THE PLACE – Review (Jim O’Toole, The American Oxonian)

August 6th 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

THE SPIRIT OF THE PLACE, by Samuel Shem (a.k.a. Stephen Bergman, Massachusetts and Balliol, ’66) Kent State University Press, 2008 Reviewed by Jim O’Toole, The American Oxonian (California and Hertford, ’66) At one time or another in that long and often tortuous journey of human growth that we hope ends in wisdom, almost all of [...]

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The House of God = Important American medical novels

August 6th 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The House of God (1978)

Samuel Shem’s classic novel about medical internship, THE HOUSE OF GOD (1978), was named by the British medical journal The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century, the other being Sinclair Lewis’ ARROWSMITH. Read John Updike’s new introduction below: “We expect the world of doctors. Out of [...]

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The Spirit of the Place contains everything – and more

August 3rd 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

By Steve Love The Spirit of the Place contains everything – and more – that author Samuel Shem became (in)famous for delivering in The House of God, his hilarious (unless you’ve ever had to visit a doctor), iconic novel about medical education and the healthcare it underpins. There is sex and love, disease and death, [...]

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“When a class has this much enthusiasm for a book, it bodes well for its future.”

August 3rd 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 3:59 PM To: Stephen Bergman Subject: a master’s class and “The Spirit of the Place” Dear Steve, I have just finished teaching a Master’s class where we had a wonderful time. The work for today was “The Spirit of the Place.”  All these students had read “The House of God” first.  [...]

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With simple, elegant language, Samuel Shem captures ‘The Spirit of the Place’

August 3rd 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

By Laura Marshall, Special to The Berkshire Eagle Sunday, August 17 “The Spirit of the Place, “by Samuel Shem Kent State University Press, 334 pages When Orville Rose was a 6-year-old kid back in Columbia, N.Y., he had an epiphany: He was connected to something larger than himself. It was something to do with the [...]

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Q&A with Dr. Stephen Bergman

July 7th 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

The Spirit of the Place By Lorrie Klosterman and illustrations by Annie Internicola, July 29, 2008 It is with three decades experience as a doctor and a penchant for storytelling that Stephen Bergman, MD, PhD (pen name, Samuel Shem), writes with wit and heart about both sides of the doctor/patient relationship. His highly acclaimed first [...]

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Leslie Epstein, Director, Boston University Creative Writing Program

July 7th 2009 | in Reviews & Interviews, The Spirit of the Place (2008)

Shem, It’s getting close to midnight and I just finished your novel. I figure you are in Costa Rica, but will get this when you return. Let me say at once it is the most emotionally daring novel I know. It dances out where no one else is willing to go. And it is very [...]

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The Spirit of the Place contains everything – and more

July 7th 2009 | in The Spirit of the Place (2008)

By Steve Love The Spirit of the Place contains everything – and more – that author Samuel Shem became (in)famous for delivering in The House of God, his hilarious (unless you’ve ever had to visit a doctor), iconic novel about medical education and the healthcare it underpins. There is sex and love, disease and death, laughs [...]

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Master’s class and “The Spirit of the Place”

July 7th 2009 | in The Spirit of the Place (2008)

Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 3:59 PM To: Stephen Bergman Subject: a master’s class and “The Spirit of the Place” Dear Steve, I have just finished teaching a Master’s class where we had a wonderful time. The work for today was “The Spirit of the Place.”  All these students had read “The House of God” first.  [...]

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