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November 1998

Spirituality in Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

From the Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos, NM.

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(11):1443-1446. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1443

Body, mind, and spirit are integrally connected. Medical training in the Western world has been strong concerning the more easily measured physical aspects, and on the mental needs it has been virtually mute on how to minister to the spiritual needs of our patients. Learning the spiritual aspects of medical care is not a typical part of the medical school curriculum, and yet it is emerging as something that our patients want and expect us to do as part of our caring for them. Herein I discuss the role of spirituality in medical practice, how it relates to alternative medical practices, methods to use to grow spiritually, and ways to apply your spirituality to medical practice.