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Spiritual Values in the Art of Medicine

Joseph H. Toomey, MD
JAMA. 1963;186(6):610-611. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710060096025.
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To the Editor:  —In a plea for better recognition of the significance of spiritual values inherent in the art of medicine, a place can be found for the interpolation of something that may be regarded as having both a scientific and a spiritual aspect. In the impressive communication entitled "Science is Not Enough," in the Aug 17 issue of The Journal (185:582), this is referred to somewhat obliquely when the author speaks about the genetic codes of cells. In that connection he could have spoken also of the fact that the genetic system of any living thing is the central and pivotal problem in biology and hence, in a sense, in medicine, because of its individuating activity and because its resistance to scientific analysis intimates the presence of some irreducible entity.The genetic system, through which the ontogenetic development of the individual is achieved, is also the instrumentality that


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