The Art of Medicine, Episode #4, Spiritual Aspects of Medicine
Dr. Andrew Wilner interviews Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel, Memphis, TN, about the role of the chaplain in modern medical care. We discuss the importance of spiritual healing and how difficult it is to measure. Rabbi Simons explained that visiting the sick is a Jewish tradition that goes back thousands of years. According to ancient texts, a thoughtful visit can relieve 1/60th of a patient’s disease burden. While not as effective as penicillin, there are many medical illnesses where any relief would be welcome. We also broached the topic du jour of Coronavirus and the role of a community rabbi in offering spiritual support for global, medical catastrophes.