Going From Patient to Person

Going From Patient to Person

Becoming a doctor and becoming a clergyperson start with many of the same instincts. The responsibility of healing the sick, like feeding the hungry and other acts of chesed enumerated in the Torah, have fallen to different individuals and institutions over the course of history, but it is traditionally where the task of being a doctor and the task of becoming clergy converge. Dr. Jonathan Weinkle, a self-described “nice Jewish doctor,” is the author of “Healing People, Not Patients”, which investigates how a relationship-based – and spiritual – approach to medicine could transform the system. Rabbi Geoff Mitelman spoke to Dr. Weinkle about the Jewish principles he uses in his practice, and how a wider application could create lasting change.

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