Editor's Response

Editor’s Response

Authors: G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH MABE, DBioethics


I appreciate the Letter to the Editor by Thangathurai and colleagues, which examines the issue of physician spirituality as applied to end of life and critical care of patients. More than 50 years ago, as medical students and resident physicians, we were forbidden to even explore the patient’s spirituality. Fortunately, at this time, there is a strong interest, both in clinical medicine and bioethics, to identify those factors that can provide support and comfort to a patient and family when they face life-threatening illnesses.

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