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The time that is left: Facing death at 37

Thirty-seven-year-old neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi died on March 9 of lung cancer. In the approximately two years since his diagnosis, he continued to practice, to teach at Stanford and to write about how his lives as doctor and as patient intersected (Kalanithi had bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature and earlier in his life planned to be a writer).

In his essays, “How Long Have I Got Left?” for The New York Times Sunday Review (January 2014) and “Before I Go,” […]

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The Magazine: American Medicine: A Call for Healing

By Dr. Peter N. Purcell

I believe that American Medicine is suffering from a soul-sickness that is interfering with its ability to perform its mission of healing the sick. The system, composed overwhelmingly of compassionate professionals anxious to help their patients, needs the ministry of the Church to be healed.


I am not especially well-read on Church history or on the history of religion and medicine and their many intersections. However, as a surgeon, I am an expert at witnessing, almost daily, […]

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