Doctors, Patients Distance Themselves From Care They Consider Immoral
By Rob SteinI suppose they do so towards Bethlehem. This was the front page above the fold story in the Washington Post! What if this paragraph read:
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 31, 2006; Page A01
Sandwiched between a swimming pool store and a spice shop on Lee Highway in Fairfax, the Tepeyac Family Center looks like any other suburban doctor's office. But it isn't.
The practice combines "the best of modern medicine with the healing presence of Jesus Christ," a brochure at the reception desk announces. An image of the Madonna greets every patient. Doctors, nurses and staff members gather to pray each day before the first appointments. (emphasis added)
The practice combines "the best of modern medicine with the healing presence of Allah," a brochure at the reception desk announces. No images of any kind greet the patients, being forbidden by the Koran. Doctors, nurses and staff members gather to pray each day, kneeling towards Mecca, before the first appointments Women doctors and nurses wear burqas and it is forbidden that male doctors examine women.The question becomes, is mixing religion and medicine good for the patient? A recent study showed that intensive care patients who were actively "prayed for" fared worse than those who were not. Furthermore, nowhere in the many textbooks that I have on medicine is there any indication for the use of prayer. The article goes on:
shunning birth-control and morning-after pills, IUDs and other contraceptive devices, sterilizations, and abortions, as well as in vitro fertilization. Instead, doctors offer "natural family planning" -- teaching couples to monitor a woman's temperature and other bodily signals to time intercourse.What do you call a couple practicing rhythm birth control?
It is a fact that the Bush Administration's efforts in Africa to enforce "abstinence" rather than the use of condems has resulted in many more children for which there are no resources and an increase in AIDS.
O.K., enough snark. Yes, I think a person's religious beliefs should be taken into account in medicine, since it part of the social milieu. But bringing religion into the consultation room as a part of what should be science and art? It is a political stunt. It is an effort to enforce one's religion on others.
Now, where have I seen that before.