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To what extent should spiritual information be part of patients’ medical assessments? 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 produce rich insights not only into the needs of patients who share these same 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 contributors have—a series of important questions: What insights about life and healing does your faith provide? How does it challenge or reinforce contemporary medicine? How do you assess and address spirituality in clinical practice? How do your own beliefs influence your interactions with patients? The Soul of Medicine encourages medical students and practitioners to recognize the spiritual dimensions of medicine, to consider how these dimensions inform their own education and practice, and to be compassionate about their patients’—and their own—religious beliefs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. PART I: HISTORICAL AND CLINICAL CONTEXT
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Spirituality and Biomedicine: A History of Harmony and Discord
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. Approaching Spirituality in Clinical Practice
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. PART II: MAJOR TRADITIONS AND MEDICINE
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. 3. Judaism
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. 4. Hinduism
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. 5. Islam
  2. pp. 79-95
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  1. 6. Christianity
  2. pp. 96-114
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  1. 7. Buddhism
  2. pp. 115-132
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  1. 8. Eclectic Spirituality
  2. pp. 133-151
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  1. 9. Christian Science
  2. pp. 152-170
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  1. 10. Jehovah’s Witnesses
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. 11. A Secular Perspective
  2. pp. 188-196
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  1. PART III: IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. 12. Ethical Considerations and Implications for Professionalism
  2. pp. 199-224
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  1. 13. Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy
  2. pp. 225-236
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  1. 14. Teaching and Learning at the Interface of Medicine and Spirituality
  2. pp. 237-255
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421403953
Related ISBN
9781421402994
MARC Record
OCLC
794700426
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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