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The soul of medicine : spiritual perspectives and clinical practice /
edited by John R. Peteet and Michael N. D'Ambra.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
description
xii, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1421402998 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781421402994 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
isbn
1421402998 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781421402994 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Spirituality and biomedicine : a history of harmony and discord / Michael J. Balboni and Tracy A. Balboni -- Approaching spirituality in clinical practice / John R. Peteet, Michael J. Balboni, and Michael N. D'Ambra -- Judaism / Steven C. Schachter and Terry R. Bard -- Hinduism / Gowri Anandarajah -- Islam / Areej El-Jawahri -- Christianity / John R. Knight and Walter Kim -- Buddhism / Robert Wall -- Eclectic spirituality / Elizabeth Spencer-Smith -- Christian Science / Christine J. Driessen -- Jehovah's Witnesses / Jon Schiller -- A secular perspective / David C. Ring -- Ethical considerations and implications for professionalism / Michael J. Balboni ... [et al.] -- Spiritual care and chaplaincy / Terry R. Bard and Walter Moczynski -- Teaching and learning at the interface of medicine and spirituality / Marta D. Herschkopf.
catalogue key
7956710
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John R. Peteet, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of Depression and the Soul: A Guide to Spiritually Integrated Treatment and Doing the Right Thing: An Approach to Moral Issues in Mental Health Treatment, and coeditor of Handbook of Spirituality and Worldview in Clinical Practice. Michael N. D'Ambra, M.D., is a cardiac anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
Historical, theological, and philosophical accounts dominate the growing literature on the relationship between medicine and religion. This volume, edited by psychiatrist Peteet and anesthesiologist D'Ambra (both, Harvard), approaches the topic through a collection of health care practitioners' autobiographical accounts of how their own spiritual perspectives inform their clinical practices in the US. This book is especially useful for those serving or preparing to serve in the pluralistic world of health care since it includes the perspectives of many traditions. It allows readers to see how religion influences practitioners, instead of patients. The autobiographical accounts, while foregrounding the practical implications of spirituality, left this reviewer wanting a more detailed picture of the traditions' belief systems. This book could be best supplemented with one of the numerous existing books on the doctrinal content of the various traditions these essays discuss. Nonetheless, The Soul of Medicine is a helpful, important contribution to understanding the role of spirituality in the lives of medical professionals; it would be a useful addition to libraries supporting medicine, nursing, and other health care training programs. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above. A. W. Klink Duke University
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A helpful, important contribution to understanding the role of spirituality in the lives of medical professionals.
A helpful, important contribution to understanding the role of spirituality in the lives of medical professionals; it would be a useful addition to libraries supporting medicine, nursing, and other health care training programs.
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Summaries
Main Description
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 contributors have-a series of important questions: What insights about life and healing does your faith provide? How does your faith 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.
Main Description
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
List of Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Historical and Clinical Context
Spirituality and Biomedicine: A History of Harmony and Discordp. 3
Approaching Spirituality in Clinical Practicep. 23
Major Traditions and Medicine
Judaismp. 47
Hinduismp. 59
Islamp. 79
Christianityp. 96
Buddhismp. 115
Eclectic Spiritualityp. 133
Christian Sciencep. 152
Jehovah's Witnessesp. 171
A Secular Perspectivep. 188
Implications and Applications
Ethical Considerations and Implications for Professionalismp. 199
Spiritual Care and Chaplaincyp. 225
Teaching and Learning at the Interface of Medicine and Spiritualityp. 237
Indexp. 256
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