Nursing Week 1 Assignment Ethics


#3 Surgeon Uses Ministry in Medical Practice

(Health care and religion)

DALLAS–At 83, Carl Smith faced quadruple bypass surgery and the
real possibility that he might not survive.

Within hours on this spring morning, Dr. Daniel Pool would
temporarily bring Smith’s heart to a stop in an attempt to circumvent
its blocked passages.

And to help his patient confront the uncertainty, Pool did something
unusual in his profession: He prayed with him.

The power of healing: Medicine and religion have had their day, and
they haven’t always been able to coexist. But as today’s medical
treatment becomes more holistic, doctors are increasingly taking
spirituality into account.

Source: Ramirez, M. (2013). Altoona Mirror, August 9, 2013.