Illness as failure. Blaming patients

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Caregivers easily see in illness the wages of sin, but the better Biblical guide is the model of God's loving, covenantal commitment to His people in spite of their recurring weaknesses. Although it is sometimes appropriate to warn patients that their habits jeopardize their health, to blame the patient when health is lost may be to fail to offer care precisely when it is most needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalHasting Center Report
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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