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Overview Dr. Robert Smith combines extensive experience in medical practice and biblical counseling with a commitment to the sufficiency of scripture to provide real answers to perplexing questions. He gives the medical layman information and biblical counsel on difficult issues such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Depression
Headaches Premenstrual Syndrome
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Robert Barr Smith, J.D. is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Director of the Law Center, Professor of Law, and Director of Legal Writing at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is a retired Army Officer, a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Awards.
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Great resource for all pastors/counselors May 17, 2008
Pastors are not (usually) physicians. That being said, it is helpful to have a general idea of the symptoms and progression of common conditions (especially those considered psychiatric).
Dr. Bob, a physician and nouthetic counselor for over 30 years, is still teaching excellent courses on counseling, especially dealing with medical issues and uncommon situations.
The biggest help in this book is the suggestions he gives for counseling someone who is facing these problems. This is not a diagnostic tool (as a diagnosis should only be done by trained medical personnel, not pastors/counselors), but a tool to help the counselee deal with the situation and increase the understanding of the condition for the counselor.