|Science and Religion Discussion Group--March 30, 2000
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Dossey and others who have holistic views on healing have recently become quite popular. What does this signal about American culture and society? Many Americans are looking for a holistic healing experience-- a mind, body, and spirit approach.
With increasing technology in the medical field, some doctors have moved away from personal histories and physical exams. The Physician's Assistant program targets these areas. Working as a team, physicians, PA's, nurses, and other medical professionals can try to meet all of their patients' needs, and start a trend toward looking at the whole person.
Is there a mismatch in medical school selection and what our country needs as far as patient care? The path toward medical school consists of a series of hurdles. Often it is the very driven, focused people who will clear these hurdles, succeed and go on to medical school. However, the students who make it past the selection process for medical school might not necessarily be the best at patient care.
Research on prayer and healing is very controversial. Although careful efforts have been made to control experiments testing the effectiveness of prayer on healing, many people are still quite critical and skeptical of the results.
When people pray for those who are sick, are they trying to change God's mind that those who are ill shouldn't be sick? Are they asking God to intervene? Does a transfer of energy occur?
Using prayer as a cure could work against religion if it became just
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