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Doctor shares viewpoint on praying with patients

Posted Nov 03 2008 8:56pm

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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Link: Her own leap of faith - Los Angeles Times.

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.

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