We all know the current US healthcare system is broken. But is it beyond repair? Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD, doesn’t think so. Her disdain for crippling governmental regulations coupled with her integrative approach to healing – combining the best of Old World medicine with the technology and medicines of today – might just be the key to making the solution for effective, efficient healthcare a reality. Her book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, explores the theory that we’ve sacrificed patient care at the altar of efficiency, and she has a prescription to get us back on track.
I first stumbled upon God’s Hotel in 2014 when a friend of mine had insomnia and Instagrammed her late-night snack and current read. The title looked interesting, so I asked her about it. She told me it was fascinating and involved St. Hildegard von Bingen. She had me there – I was just beginning to learn more about St. Hildegard and was intrigued by her approach to medicine as an infirmarian of her Middle Ages monastery. So, I went ahead and requested the book from the library.