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Sketching the pathways for reintegrating spirituality into healthcare practices
This chart was developed as an informal way of mapping the various pathways being used by healthcare professionals and the public as both practitioners and patients integrate spirituality into their lives, practices, and care choices. From the viewpoint of medical historian and ethicist Dr. David Hufford of Penn State University, the movement toward a more spiritually based approach to healthcare represents a reintegration of spirituality into healing practices. Dr. Hufford has observed that the 19th century was characterized by a great diversity of healing practices that included room for "religious healing." "Every person [was] his or her own doctor," he notes. Spiritual issues were divorced from healthcare only in the past century as the triad of science, technology, and medicine became the dominant paradigm.
The content of this chart comes from my own experience in the healthcare field as a former psychotherapist and now as a Christian Science practitioner, from research and analysis, and from extensive conversations with health-care professionals over the past few years.
The guy on the second floor
with contributions from Anna Rowe, Debbie Tonkin, Julie-Anne Eastman, Doug Brown, Harriette Meldrim Hill
Items of interest
with contributions from Catherine F. Musgrave, Carol Easley Allen, Gregory J. Allen, Cal Thomas, Mike Fillon
the SEARCH for HEALTH and WELL-BEING
By Giulia Plum
A pediatrician's story of prayer and healing
By Beena Kanani
How I got into spiritual healing
By Riley Seay
A daughter's diabetes HEALED
BY TONY LOBL
'THE DOCTOR COULDN'T BELIEVE IT'
Why choose PRAYER?
By Judith Hardy Olson
It's natural to heal others
By Carrie Becker
Sexual abuse—a license to hate?
By Bea Roegge
City street crossing
In her true light . . .
Sarah A. French Battey
It's a goal!
By Kim Shippey Sentinel staff
Infection and sprain healed
Glaucoma healed through prayer
Spiritual growth brings physical wellness
Healing without limits