AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2005, Volume 7, Number 5.

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May 2005 Contents

The Role of Faith in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Ethics Poll

Do you believe that prayer as you understand it can help in the recovery of patients who also are receiving standard medical care?
Does religion influence your choice of a physician?
Do you want your physician to ask about your spiritual life as well as your physical and mental health?
As a physician, my medical ethics are derived from my religious beliefs.

From the Editor

"Lord, I Need A Healing": The Uneasy Relationship Between Faith And Medicine
Peter M. Moschovis
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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Patau Syndrome and Perinatal Decision Making
Commentary by Patrick D. Guinan and Malika Haque
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End of Life and Sanctity of Life
Commentary by Edward Reichman, Sandra Gadson, Lerwut Wongsarnpigoon, Nihal S. Gooneratne and Ananda Wickeremaratne
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Patient Counseling and Matters of Conscience
Commentary by Farr Curlin and Rev. Russell Burck
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The Evangelizing Patient
Commentary by J. Wesley Boyd, John Dunlop and Harold Koenig
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Journal Discussion

Clinical Issues and the Empirical Dimensions of the Religion and Health Connection
Justin List
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Clinical Pearl

Doing a Culturally Sensitive Spiritual Assessment: Recognizing Spiritual Themes and Using the HOPE Questions
Gowri Anandarajah
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Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

When a Parent's Religious Belief Endangers Her Unborn Child
Faith Lagay
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Policy Forum

The Other Side of Complexity: Faith, Health, and Humility
Rev. Gary R. Gunderson
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Medicine and Society

A Faith-Based Clinic in Chicago
Meme Wang
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Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Spirituality and Health in a Therapeutic Culture
Keith G. Meador
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Spirituality, Prayer, and Medicine: What Is the Fuss Really About?
Larry Dossey
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History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Humanities

"Equus" and the Relationship between Religion and Medicine
Allison Grady
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Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Test Questions
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About the Contributors
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