How Failure in Science Nurtures Success in Medicine

How Failure in Science Nurtures Success in Medicine

In medicine, there is often a considerable gap between clinical research and the care that patients ultimately get. Doctors, interfacing with the bodies and emotions of their patients, can be regarded as miracle-workers when they provide lifesaving treatment, while researchers toil in the background and endure endless rounds of frustration and failure.

Doctors who are also clinical researchers provide unique insight into this dynamic, and Temple Israel Boston is fortunate enough to have Dr. Nora Renthal, pediatric endocrinologist and Medical Director of the Bone Health Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, in their midst. As part of the congregation’s Scientists in Synagogues programming, she shared how Jewish wisdom informs her work as both a doctor and a scientist.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Dr. Nora Renthal spoke with Rabbi Dan Slipakoff as part of a Qabbalat Shabbat program at Temple Israel Boston on December 15, 2023).

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