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Created: February 3, 2005
Latest Update: February 28, 2005
This piece is based on a Los Angeles Times article on health on Monday, February 28, 2005: A spiritual treatment? by Charles Duhigg. At p. F 1.
This is a good description about how, until present concerns began to find a climate of answerability, doctors made choices for patients with very little concern for those patients beliefs and values. Most often our doctors do not even know what our spiritual beliefs and values are. Today, slightly over 100 medical schools are teaching their doctor students to be more aware of and more respectful of patients' beliefs and values. That is problematic in the scientific world of medicine. But so also is it problematic to grant good faith answerability to those less powerful in the worlds of economics and politics.