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Author note ”The House of God” by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym for the psychiatrist Stephen Bergman) is a fictionalised account of the Beth Israel Hospital at Boston in the early 1970s. Highly recommended. Author, ‘Sacred Lives: an account of the history, cultural associations and social impact of epilepsy’ ISBN 978 1913913 991.