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May 19, 1945

Pastoral Work and Personal Counseling

JAMA. 1945;128(3):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200081033

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This work by the chaplain of Wesley Memorial Hospital is written for the "average clergyman." The author has had considerable experience in dealing with illness and is co-author with Dr. Richard Cabot of "The Art of Ministering to the Sick." For this reason the book is of interest to the physician. The author stresses the lack of preparation of many clergymen for counseling with persons in conflict and feels that the physician and social worker have almost shouldered the clergyman out of his own field. The book deals with methods in approaching individual problems and correctly emphasizes the importance and nature of the relationship of the pastor to members of his church as counselor. By example and by records of interviews the author attempts to place before the reader his own basic attitudes and his actual experience. This is a candid, refreshing work, well suited to its purpose. Its scope

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