This week’s guest blog is written by Dawn-Marie Cornett, community-involved mom of three and Christian Science practitioner from Framingham, Massachusetts.
After my second child was born, there was a complication with me. My doctor went to get a surgeon, but the doctor in residence who had also attended the birth stayed behind. He knew my husband and I were Christian Scientists and that we would be praying for healing. He asked if he could say a prayer for us as well.
We eagerly agreed, and this young doctor said aloud one of the most comforting, beautiful prayers of affirmation I’d ever heard. Then he stepped into the hall to continue to pray for us silently. By the time the doctor and surgeon returned, my situation had already improved, and within ten minutes there was no longer a need for medical intervention.
There was no way to adequately express my gratitude for the resident doctor. He knew the care we preferred and had the education to provide it. It got me thinking about others who, though they may or may not choose prayer, do choose alternatives to medicine. Wouldn’t they want their physicians to know about these other care choices so they could either provide that care or offer advice based on a knowledge and understanding of the alternatives?
Medical schools across the United States are having this conversation more and more now – to teach or not to teach alternatives to standard allopathic medicine.
Although there may be disagreement among professionals when alternatives include aspects of spirituality in treatment, medical schools throughout the United States are beginning to teach the link between spirituality and health. Right here on Breaking Bread there is a blog that highlights this new trend in medical education.
So what would you want a doctor responsible for your care to know? Is there only one correct way to care for a person? Should medical schools limit what a student can learn or how their practice is informed?
A basic knowledge of different methodologies seems a logical and needed step in the progress of allopathic healthcare. For me, having a doctor who understood and provided the treatment I preferred, made all the difference.
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