The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Health Care / Edition 2

The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Health Care / Edition 2

by Daniel P. Sulmasy
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1589010957
ISBN-13:
9781589010956
Pub. Date:
05/28/2006
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press

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The Rebirth of the Clinic: An Introduction to Spirituality in Health Care / Edition 2

According to physician and philosopher Daniel Sulmasy postmodern thought, in which philosophical and theological universals are questioned and ethics is left up for grabs, has sickened the doctor-patient relationship. But the ill, he claims, are rebelling--they seek a medicine that treats them as persons, full of dignity, along with a renewed form of health care that does not abandon the goods of science, but also does not eschew the mystical. Medical school curricula are evidence of this emerging condition: nearly all schools require courses in spirituality and health care. But how should health care workers view this development? How should they think about soul medicine alongside scientific medicine? How might this affect their practice?

Sulmasy, an internist and Franciscan friar with a Ph.D. (from Georgetown under Ed Pellegrino), introduces physicians and medical students to the basic issues in spirituality and medicine. In Part I he looks at the nature of illness and healing, sketching the history of Western heath care and Judeo-Christian thought to provide guidance for today's health care community. In Part II he examines the recent rash of empirical studies about spirituality and patient care, trying to separate the legitimate from the downright kooky. In Part III, he takes up spiritual questions that arise in the care of patients at the close of life. Here he introduces the reader to several patients and cases, reiterating his conviction that for physicians attending to the spiritual needs of their patients ought to be viewed not just as a moral option, but as a moral obligation.

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ISBN-13: 9781589010956
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 897,092
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD is a Franciscan friar and the inaugural Clinton-Kilbride Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, professor of divinity, and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He received his AB and MD degrees from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1995. His books include The Healer's Calling and Methods in Medical Ethics. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I. Rebirth in the Clinic

1. Why Surgeons Must be Very Careful

2. Is Health Care a Spiritual Practice?

3. Dignity, Vulnerability, and the Personhood of the Patient

4. The Wisdom of Ben Sira

5. The Dialectic of Healing

6. Taking Physicians' Oaths Seriously

Part II. The Book of Numbers: Empirical Research on Spirituality and Healing7. What the Data Cannot Mean

8. A Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model of Health Care

9. Scientific Studies of the Healing Power of Prayer

10. Is There a Moral Obligation to Address the Spiritual Needs of Patients?

Part III. At the Threshold of Death11. On Praying for a Cure

12. Healing the Dying

13. At Wit's End

14. Peg

Postscript: Is There Life After the Clinic?

Index

What People are Saying About This

Edmund D. Pellegrino

Much of today's disquiet with medicine's triumphs is the gap they leave between curing disease and healing persons. In this incisive, scientifically and spiritually sound analysis, Sulmasy examines the meanings, values, and foundations of the current rubric of spirituality and health as well as its educational and practical implications. Recommended for all who still hope for a rational medicine of the person as well as of the disease.

Farr Curlin

This book joins others which grapple with the meaning of caring for the dying, but it adds to them by its depth of understanding and its focus on religion and spirituality. The book reads in a personal, rich tone, which invites the reader into the experiences of the patient and physician. Dr. Sulmasy is one of few true visionaries, scholars and critics of the intersection of religion, spirituality and medicine. This work shows he knows the field.

Margaret Mohrmann

This is a collection of heartfelt, insightful, avowedly confessional essays by a respected physician-ethicist who is a powerful spokesperson both for Roman Catholic views of health and medicine and, more generally, for the necessity of including a consideration of spirituality in clinician/patient interactions.

Christina M. Puchalski

Dr. Sulmasy builds a scholarly foundation for spirituality as the essential element for good healthcare practice. Weaving historically derived insights with scholarly investigation and critical thought, Dr. Sulmasy convincingly establishes the case that all healthcare professionals have the moral obligation to attend to the human spirit in the healing encounter. His text is the resource healthcare professionals can use to reclaim the heart and humanity of medicine.

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"Much of today's disquiet with medicine's triumphs is the gap they leave between curing disease and healing persons. In this incisive, scientifically and spiritually sound analysis, Sulmasy examines the meanings, values, and foundations of the current rubric of spirituality and health as well as its educational and practical implications. Recommended for all who still hope for a rational medicine of the person as well as of the disease." -- Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, Chair, President's Council on Bioethics, 2005-2009, and professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center

"This is a collection of heartfelt, insightful, avowedly confessional essays by a respected physician-ethicist who is a powerful spokesperson both for Roman Catholic views of health and medicine and, more generally, for the necessity of including a consideration of spirituality in clinician/patient interactions." -- Margaret Mohrmann, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and religious studies, University of Virginia

"Dr. Sulmasy builds a scholarly foundation for spirituality as the essential element for good healthcare practice. Weaving historically derived insights with scholarly investigation and critical thought, Dr. Sulmasy convincingly establishes the case that all healthcare professionals have the moral obligation to attend to the human spirit in the healing encounter. His text is the resource healthcare professionals can use to reclaim the heart and humanity of medicine." -- Christina M. Puchalski, MD, director, The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, associate professor, Department of Medicine and Health Care Sciences and Department of Health Services Management and Leadership, The George Washington University Medical Center

"This book joins others which grapple with the meaning of caring for the dying, but it adds to them by its depth of understanding and its focus on religion and spirituality. The book reads in a personal, rich tone, which invites the reader into the experiences of the patient and physician. Dr. Sulmasy is one of few true visionaries, scholars and critics of the intersection of religion, spirituality and medicine. This work shows he knows the field." -- Farr Curlin, MD, The University of Chicago

"Dr. Sulmasy's insight, intellect and spirituality have produced a superb philosophy of medicine and theology of the transcendent. This excellent foundational work is given a remarkably practical application by his bedside experience in the practice of medicine. His conclusion: health care professionals have a moral duty to address spiritual issues with their patients. Amen, and again I say, Amen." -- Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, clinical ethicist and professor of family medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine

"Sulmasy's book is one of those rare works that nourishes the mind, heart, and soul. Readers will be challenged intellectually but also invited to experience the profundity of the healer-patient encounter.... a truly remarkable achievement." -- Mark G. Kuczewski, Fr. Michael I. English, SJ, professor of medical ethics and director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago

"Daniel Sulmasyattempts toconstruct a new model of spiritual scientifc medicine and succeeds wonderfully. His proposedbiopsychosocial-spiritual model of health care is both an art and a science, and isdeeply informed by an understanding of clinical practice and the ideals of science. Few physicians demonstrate such a mastery of medicine, its history and theological ethics. The insights into the nature and art of healing are profound.Arguments on controversial topics are handled with critical acuteness andheartfelt conviction. The writing with its use of literature and personal experience is engaging. Every physician and patientcould readthis workwith greatbenefit." -- Sidney Callahan, distinguished scholar, The Hastings Center

Mark G. Kuczewski

Sulmasy's book is one of those rare works that nourishes the mind, heart, and soul. Readers will be challenged intellectually but also invited to experience the profundity of the healer-patient encounter. . . . a truly remarkable achievement.

Robert D. Orr

Dr. Sulmasy’s insight, intellect and spirituality have produced a superb philosophy of medicine and theology of the transcendent. This excellent foundational work is given a remarkably practical application by his bedside experience in the practice of medicine. His conclusion: health care professionals have a moral duty to address spiritual issues with their patients. Amen, and again I say, Amen.

Sidney Callahan

Daniel Sulmasyattempts toconstruct a new model of spiritual scientifc medicine and succeeds wonderfully. His proposedbiopsychosocial-spiritual model of health care is both an art and a science, and isdeeply informed by an understanding of clinical practice and the ideals of science. Few physicians demonstrate such a mastery of medicine, its history and theological ethics. The insights into the nature and art of healing are profound.Arguments on controversial topics are handled with critical acuteness andheartfelt conviction. The writing with its use of literature and personal experience is engaging. Every physician and patientcould readthis workwith greatbenefit.

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