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Audio: Healing, medicine and faith

Panel discussion at the British Library, 1 August 2007


Blood-letting (from the Luttrell Psalter) British Library shelfmark 42130Medicine and the faiths appear to be drawing closer in some areas. In placebo research and complementary medicines; in the role spiritual practices can have in healing and pain relief; and in trust in patient-doctor relationships. A panel of experts discusses how might they work best together.
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The speakers were Dr Liz Carmichael, theology tutor at St John's College, Oxford; Simon Dein, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at University College London Medical School and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow; and Jeremy Gordon, Rabbi at St Albans Masorti Synagogue and previously hospital chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Red Cross chaplain there following 9/11.

The discussion was chaired by writer, broadcaster and specialist in Islam and science Zia Sardar.

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