Art of Medicine
Jul 2018

Healing Body and Spirit

Ariana Ellis
AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(7):E668-669. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.668.

Figure. Healing



Charcoal and gold leaf on paper.


This drawing considers how achieving balance between allopathic, Western medical practices and spiritual practices can be critical for clinicians hoping to offer compassionate health care. Ethical and clinical challenges of consistently offering compassionate care to patients from all backgrounds requires cultivating and practicing spiritual awareness while maintaining professional boundaries.


AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(7): E668-669.



Conflict of Interest Disclosure

The author had no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.