Strangers or friends? A proposal for a new spirituality-in-medicine ethic.

@article{Curlin2005StrangersOF,
  title={Strangers or friends? A proposal for a new spirituality-in-medicine ethic.},
  author={Farr A. Curlin and Daniel E. Hall},
  journal={Journal of general internal medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={370-4}
}
We argue that debate regarding whether and how physicians should engage religious concerns has proceeded under inadequate terms. The prevailing paradigm approaches dialogue regarding religion as a form of therapeutic technique, engaged by one stranger, the physician, upon another stranger, the patient. This stranger-technique framework focuses the debate on questions of physicians' competence, threats to patients' autonomy, and neutrality regarding religion, and in so doing, it too greatly… CONTINUE READING

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