CHICAGO â€” A survey examining religion in medicine found that most U.S. doctors believe in God and an afterlife â€” a surprising degree of spirituality in a science-based field, researchers say.
In the survey of 1,044 doctors nationwide, 76 percent said they believe in God, 59 percent said they believe in some sort of afterlife, and 55 percent said their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine.
"We were surprised to find that physicians were as religious as they apparently are," said Dr. Farr Curlin, a researcher at the University of Chicago's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
"There's certainly a deep-seated cultural idea that science and religion are at odds," and previous studies have suggested that fewer than half of scientists believe in God, Curlin said Wednesday....
This isn't important matter. It is excellent that many doctors are Christian. To the patient, I dislike to say this, it is a great importance that a patient's doctor and nurses believe in the Hippocratic oath. I for one would not want a doctor to treat me differently because of my religion. There are many, Jewish, Catholic, Seventh-Day Adventist, and perhaps even Mormon doctors around. I would like a guarantee that they would do their best by me, no matter what are differences in religion.
During the first Gulf War, I saw on CNN, how one Kuwaiti Islamic nurse bragged how she killed an Iraqi soldier who was in her care. I bet she never got punished for it. :-( I have my doubts about having an Islamic doctor. The Christian who was kept in the "tender care" of an Egyptian mental hospital, might show that Egyptians do not take the Hippocratic oath. :-(