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Making links: spirituality and medicine

pcarberry_01.jpgAt the invitation of Dr. Jack Lambert, coordinator of  Professional Clinical Practice in the UCD School of Medicine and Consultant at the Mater Hospital, Fr. Paddy Carberry, S.J., Director of Manresa, gave an hour-long lecture to undergraduate medical students last Friday on the topic, ‘A Spiritual Perspective on Healthcare Today’. In his wide-ranging talk, Paddy challenged the students to work out the practical implications of what he had to say for their future work as doctors and for their own personal welfare. He also mentioned that there has been a growing interest in recent years in the relationship between spirituality and medicine, especially in the United States. Two-thirds of medical schools in the US now offer some form of course work in spirituality and medicine. Perhaps Ireland is about to follow suit!