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Sooner or later any practicing physician will find himself up against some special problems in a patient with unfamiliar religious beliefs. He wants a good, clear, but brief guide to the various rituals, requirements, practices, and customs of religions he is likely to run into, and Barton's book is very helpful in this respect. There is a particularly useful chapter on "Religions of Western Origin," which multiply without end. But there is enough on the others so one can get the necessary first-hand information. While a physician may feel that a patient is being pigheaded in refusing treatment which may save his life, the patient, along with the rest of suffering humanity, has personal rights. In our society these rights sometimes are directly and at other times obliquely suicidal but must be respected regardless of our personal views. This is a useful handbook for physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators as
Bean WB. Religious Doctrine and Medical Practice. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(5):852. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260220168030
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