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Religion and Spirituality in Medical Ethics 

Religion and Spirituality in Medical Ethics
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Religion and Spirituality in Medical Ethics
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Farr A. Curlin

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10.1093/med/9780190272432.003.0012
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date: 27 May 2020

Religion and medical ethics are inextricably, we might say intrinsically, intertwined. This chapter starts at the surface—with how religion “shows up” in everyday clinical ethical disputes. It turns out that the religious characteristics of physicians are the strongest predictor of physicians’ approaches to ethically disputed clinical practices. That should not surprise us since below the surface of clinical disputes are inescapable moral questions to which religions give authoritative answers. That this is so calls the assumptions and practices of conventional medical ethics into question, particularly when those writing from religious traditions critique much of the culture of contemporary medicine.

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