Clinician's Guide To Spirituality / Edition 1

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Written by a physician and a chaplain, this book presents a simple, universal model of spirituality that is independent of religion, and shows how the clinician can apply the model to help in the management of chronic illness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071347174
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Series: Hazelden Chronic Illness Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,122,236
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Spirituality and Medicine
1 The Research Behind Spirituality and Positive Health Outcomes 3
2 Spirituality and the Twelve Steps 11
3 Spirituality and Chronic Illness 41
Pt. II The Twelve Principles of Spirituality
4 Principle 1: Honesty 73
5 Principle 2: Hope 91
6 Principle 3: Faith 109
7 Principle 4: Courage 127
8 Principle 5: Integrity 151
9 Principle 6: Willingness 167
10 Principle 7: Humility 179
11 Principle 8: Compassion 191
12 Principle 9: Justice 205
13 Principle 10: Perseverance 219
14 Principle 11: Spiritual Awareness 233
15 Principle 12: Service 249
Pt. III Conclusion
16 From Study to Action 267
Index 271
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As a holistic medical doctor, I view human beings as multidimensional-more than mere physical atoms in a bag of skin that metabolize their way into oblivion. The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions are all intertwined. The first three dimensions, connected in psychophysiologic ways as the mind-body connection, allow us to stay within the comfortable realm of science while spirituality is a mysterious dimension that is easier to ionore. Our medical training neglected it because spirituality was viewed as someone else's job: chaplains, counselors social workers.

My premise is that any health problem may provide an opportunity for learning and personal growth. We can find meaning in any form of suffering, any problem that we experience. My intent here is not to present definitive answers but to provide clues and insights to guide you in a more holistic approach to medical care-to show you my approach, not tell you how to do yours. I invite you to take a glimpse into a domain that reflects my personal biases, and I encourage you to take what is useful and forget the rest.

This book is about taking a journey with suffering people. It represents an inclusive, nondenominational approach to consider as you travel inward with your patients. We all have beliefs that impact how we think, feel, behave, and physically function. Exploring these beliefs is part of treating the whole person.
—Copyright 2001 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Used with Permission.

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