So often we hear about prayer in a medical setting from just the patient's viewpoint. I thought this was interesting to read a doctor's perspective on how he felt about being asked to pray with patients and how he felt about the power of prayer in a medical setting. -- Lisa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In my own experience, I have witnessed prayer to be a gift of comfort for my religious patients and families, especially when they are facing critical illness and death. Though I practice only scientific medicine, I feel a strong obligation to support, and occasionally participate in, the expressions of faith in the manner and form my patients and their families request — for their sake.