Written by Kory Wilcoxson and John Patterson.
All religions share the common ethical principle of compassion, which is at the very heart of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The foundational precept of medicine and bioethics — Primum non nocere, “First do no harm” — expresses the same benign intention in caring for the sick.
Given their compassionate professional mission of service, how tragic it is that physicians and clergy are among those at highest risk for stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, substance misuse, family discord, burnout and suicide.
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