Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts / Edition 2

Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts / Edition 2

by Daniel P. Sulmasy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589011228

ISBN-13: 9781589011229

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

The relationship between spirituality and health care has been much discussed in recent years--and Daniel Sulmasy, M.D., is leading the wave. His 1997 book with Paulist, The Healer's Calling, has sold over 30,000 copies. And the fact that more and more med schools are teaching courses not just on bioethics but on religion and medicine suggests that this wave is…  See more details below

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The relationship between spirituality and health care has been much discussed in recent years--and Daniel Sulmasy, M.D., is leading the wave. His 1997 book with Paulist, The Healer's Calling, has sold over 30,000 copies. And the fact that more and more med schools are teaching courses not just on bioethics but on religion and medicine suggests that this wave is growing. Sulmasy's spring 2006 volume with Georgetown, The Rebirth of the Clinic, is a textbook on spirituality and health care. This book is different: it is a work of spirituality, a series of meditations, of inspiration, aimed at health care professionals and all those involved in the care of the sick and dying. Like a Swiss lake, it is clear and deep. Sulmasy draws from philosophical and theological sources--specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture--to illuminate how the art of healing is integrally tied to a sense of the divine and our ultimate interconnectedness. For example, Sulmasy shows how the ancient wisdom of Sirach speaks to the significance of good health--while not turning health into a golden calf of obsession. And speaking of obsession, Sulmasy compares the prodigal son of the New Testament to the prodigal profession of health care--urging his colleagues to put their patients ahead of their own greed and financial gain. And then there is beauty. Sulmasy reminds readers of the beauty of all god's creation--and how that should always trump our cultural and professional attitudes toward obesity and disfigurement. As a Franciscan, Sulmasy does not shy away from his explicit Catholic Christian faith convictions. This may limit his audience. But at the same time, his certitude and his passion that health care must change, that it must recover a theological foundation of fundamental concern for the other, will speak clearly to committed Catholics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589011229
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Numinous, the Medical, and the Moral

2. Letter to a Young Intern

3. Catholic Christianity and the Meaning of Healing

4. Appearance and Morality

5. The Prodigal Profession

6. Aesculapion

7. The Man Born Blind

8. Beatitudes

9. The Blood of Christ

10. The Temple of the Holy Spirit

11. Death and the Immanence of Hope

12. The Communication of the Dead

Postscript: A Residency Graduation Prayer

Acknowledgments

Notes

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