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A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts [Paperback]

By Daniel P. Sulmasy (Author)
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Once rarely discussed in medical circles, the relationship between spirituality and health has become an important topic in health care. This change is evidenced in courses on religion and medicine taught in most medical schools, articles in journals such as the "New England Journal of Medicine," and conferences being held all over the country. Yet, much of the discussion of the role of religion and spirituality in health care keeps the critical distance of only being "about" spirituality. "A Balm for Gilead" goes further, offering a work "of" spirituality.

Sulmasy moves between the poetic and the speculative, addressing his subject in the tradition of great spiritual writers like Augustine and Bonaventure. He draws from philosophical and theological sources -- specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture -- to illuminate how the art of healing is integrally tied to a sense of the divine and our ultimate interconnectedness. Health care professionals -- and anyone else involved with the care of the sick and dying -- will find this series of meditations both inspiring and instructive.

Sulmasy addresses the spiritual malaise that physicians, nurses, and other health care workers experience in their professional lives, and explores how these Christian healers can be inspired to persevere in the care of the sick. Drawing on the parable of the prodigal son, for instance, Sulmasy illustrates how some physicians have put financial gain ahead of their patients, and how genuine spirituality might change their hearts. He examines both enigmatic topics such as the relationship between sinfulness, sickness, and suffering and the spirituality of more routine topics such as preventive medicine. In one especially stirring and poignant meditation, he reflects on the spirituality of dying in the light of Christian hope.

"A Balm for Gilead" interweaves prayer and reflection, pointing the way to a twenty-first-century spirituality for health care professionals and their patients.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Georgetown University Press
Pages   154
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
Age  22
ISBN  1589011228  
ISBN13  9781589011229  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sulmasy is the Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics at St. Vincent's Hospital, as well as a professor of medicine and the director of the Bioethics Institute at New York Medical College.

Daniel P. Sulmasy was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - The University of Chicago.

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An Excellent Book for the Christian Healthcare Professional  Dec 21, 2007
This book discusses in a beautiful way how God in Christ can be met in the midst of the often-heartbreaking challenges of today's American healthcare system. As a medical student, I found that his "Meditations" places our role as healthcare professionals caring for the sick within a broader redemptive context of God's plan for His creation. I highly recommend this book for those who find themselves frustrated with the current situation of medical care and seek renewal of hope for its future.
For Providers Seeking Spiritual Depth  May 15, 2007
You can read through this in 4-5 hours, but if you don't go back and read each chapter slowly, savoring the the richness of Sulmasy's wisdom and insights, you will miss two-thirds of what's here. I anticipate using it with a group of physicians who meet monthly to discuss material of this sort. We'll take a chapter a month, and I'm convinced that the sharing and self-reflection will be greatly appreciated. Many providers today are looking for this kind of depth, although some find it hard to admit as much to their colleagues.

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