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July 16, 1960

Spiritual Therapy: How the Physician, Psychiatrist and Minister Collaborate in Healing

JAMA. 1960;173(11):1274. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020290100034

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This little book has a remarkable history. A paper by Drs. Richard K. Young and Benjamin S. Patrick, "Outpatient Pastoral Counseling in a Medical Center," was published in The Journal on Septemberber 6, 1958. Mr. Clarence Hall, senior editor of the Reader's Digest, was so impressed with it that he made two visits to the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, to collect material for an article on the work of Chaplain Dick Young and his associates in the department of pastoral care. In order to justify the length of the article, he published it in the Book Section of the Reader's Digest as "condensed form of a forthcoming book" and extracted a promise from Dr. Young that he would write the book thus condensed. "Spiritual Therapy" is the result.

The book shows a new approach to the relation between physician and

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