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April 13, 1957

GOD AND THE PHYSICIAN

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500047015

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Abstract

Two professions intimately involved in the welfare of the American individual are religion and medicine. But no longer—as in spasmodic periods of thepast— are the doctor and the clergyman in occasional competitive roles. In areas where there was enmity, there is now rapport; in situations where there was suspicion, there is now trust.

The influence of this growing interprofessional accord, as related in "Medicne at Work," on page 1358, cannot be underestimated. The resurgence of religion in this country is matched by record-high public interest in all things medical. The individual wants to know more and more about himself and how he relates to all men and all things of all times.

Why are medicine and religion drawing more closely together? It is suggested that only in science and the soul is there refuge from nuclear destruction. More likely, the answer lies in the reemergence of the individual from his

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