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Letters Religion and spirituality in medicine

Religious beliefs should be treated as any other personal choice

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m526
  1. Christopher G S Gilmartin, medical student
  1. Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge CB2 1TA, UK
  1. cgsg2{at}

Sokol’s article, including its title (“Religion and spirituality in medicine: friend or foe?”), is unnecessarily provocative.1 He notes, as if it is a surprising revelation, that religious ethicists of the same religion are not entirely in agreement. Millennia old sacred texts …

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