The House of God - Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

Samuel Shem
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Chapter 13 Summary

Roy is back in the EW during its busiest season. He's verbally abused by Abe who is upset that Roy is Jewish. He's abused by patients who keep coming in and bothering him with complaints that are years old. He sees so many patients, he can barely function. He is woozy from stress when he goes with Berry to see Handel's Messiah. Berry tells him he's dissociative and that he must be depressed. The policemen are saying he's become paranoid.

Roy decides the EW is just one abusive patient after another. He talks with Berry about all that he's going through. She's determined to keep their relationship going at all costs. He toys with the idea of becoming a psychiatrist. He goes to a party at the Leggo's house. He doesn't have a good time but she gets drunk anyway.

Potts' father dies, and he has to go to arrange for the funeral. Potts just plods along after that, emasculated by his wife, who is doing a surgical internship at MBH. Potts loses his nametag and never bothers to replace it, a bad sign according to Roy.

In the EW, this is really the biggest season. The EW is always full, stressing Roy out. The policeman, Gilheeny, gets shot, and they all have to take care of him—a very stressful time. He lives through the trauma. Abe goes completely crazy and gets sent to the State Hospital. Roy takes care of a rape victim. Roy then goes on a trip to Washington DC and meets with his friends who have become lawyers, along with Berry.

Chapter 13 Analysis

We are continually exposed to Potts, who continues to flounder in the House of God. Roy deals with his toughest time yet in the EW and barely survives. We are introduced to the possibility that Roy may not choose to go on in medicine but will choose psychiatry. There is a never-ending litany of patients with a variety of problems that Roy must cope with. The reader goes along with Roy during this tough time and laughs about the funny patients while crying about the sad, difficult patients Roy must cope with.

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