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NHS’s first humanist chaplain: five minutes with . . . Lindsay van Dijk

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 18 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1686

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Thank God for Chaplains

Society's institutions are a mixed blessing. They provide us with colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and the military. But they also subject us to regimentation, which can be overwhelming, depersonalizing, and depressing. One refuge from such regimentation are chaplains, who offer much-needed emotional and spiritual care for people of all faiths. Literally and figuratively, chaplains are a godsend.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 April 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA