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June 28, 1976

Hitting the Preacher Below the Belt?

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Mount Dora, Fla

JAMA. 1976;235(26):2815. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260520015013

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To the Editor.—  Our minister occasionally organizes and directs world travel tours. He often insists that I make one of the trips with them.I have told him that such trips simply were not for me for I knew that I would find myself spending much of my time advising and treating some of the group (their average age is around 70).He approached me again last week and assured me that their medical needs would be no problem, and attempting to add the clincher said, "they have spiritual problems all the time and it never interferes with my enjoyment—why we have group prayer meetings and, individually, I pray for them often. See, your situation would be no different from mine."Thus backed into a corner, I came up with the only rejoinder that I could think of at the time. "Preacher," I argued, "I believe that there is one