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There’s an article in Saturday’s Roanoke Times discussing the practice of some doctors who pray with or for their patients.
Of course this kind of thing is bound to raise objections, but I’m not sure it’s such a bad idea.
A lot of people are either nervous about going to doctors, or dealing with some sort of major medical issue, and if prayers help ease the relationship between doctor and patient, then I don’t see a problem with it.
In this case, I think a little dose of religion can help bring a little more compassion to a field that’s under-staffed and over-worked, and to patients who might appreciate the support.
I can’t say I’d object if I were going through some sort of major medical issue to my doctor reciting Tehillim, or saying a Mi Sheberach, or, if a Christian, praying.
the fact that someone is willing to take your problem and make it their own exhibits quite a bit of caring and compassion, and sometimes that makes all the difference in the world.

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