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Books, Journals, New Media
September 25, 2002

SpiritualitySpirituality in Patient Care

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Harold Koenig, 136 pp, paper, $14.95, ISBN 1890151890, Radnor, Pa, Templeton Foundation, 2002.

JAMA. 2002;288(12):1530-1531. doi:10.1001/jama.288.12.1530-JBK0925-3-1

There is much I like in this book. Harold Koenig, MD, in a short and eminently readable style, outlines how important spirituality can be in treating the whole person. He gives clear definitions of religious coping, spiritual assessment, transference and counter-transference, and boundaries to care. Dr Koenig has a deep respect for a person's religiosity and a belief, buttressed by rigorous research studies, that religion is good for your health. Koenig also has a deep respect for chaplains, whom he considers "experts" in spirituality.

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