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The Soul of Medicine
Author: John R. Peteet

ISBN: 9781421402994
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31 October 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 15.24 x 2.54
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To what extent should spiritual information be part of a patient's medical assessment? How should physicians respond when patients refuse life-saving care on religious grounds? Should doctors pray with their patients? Questions such as these raise deeper ones about the goals of medicine and the nature of healing. In a set of engaging and candid essays, The Soul of Medicine explores the role and influence of spirituality in clinical practice, professionalism, and medical education.

The contributors to this volume approach this topic from their own spiritual perspectives-Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, New Age / Eclectic, secular, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christian Scientist. Their thought-provoking essays provide rich insights not only into the needs of patients with various world views but also into how spirituality influences the practice of medicine.

When their own spiritual issues arise in medical practice, physicians rely on their professionalism, ethics, and education. To better understand how various world views are incorporated into clinical work, doctors must ask themselves-as these co...

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