What is the role of faith in the practice of modern medicine?
Many people might think that modern medical practice is mostly based on Science, not on faith. Yes, that may be partially true. The knowledge base of what is taught in medical schools mostly comes from biological sciences. But it may be surprising for most people to learn that “faith” actually has a major role in the practice of modern medicine.
Yes, the knowledge of modern chemistry is used in the manufacturing of life saving medications that cannot be just created by faith and miracle. Yes, knowledge of modern physics is used to make the fancy MRI machines that give you the detailed images of your bones and internal organs. Yes, highly advanced laser equipments based on science and modern technology are used to cut small organs and tissues inside your body to heal your wounds.
But you have to understand that all those wonders of modern science will only be useful if they help to make the human patient feel better. Humans believe in miracles. They believe in higher powers. They believe in their MD doctors. They believe that the pill that the MD doctor is giving them will help relieve pain and suffering. It is this belief and this faith that sometimes creates miracles that the actual medications themselves cannot.
After reading this chapter in the book, you will be able to understand that the healing power of faith is real and measurable. You can call it God. You can call it miracle. But you will understand that most MD doctors know about this effect. The medical world has a different name for this particular type of healing power but they do acknowledge the healing power of faith.
You may be surprised to know that they not only acknowledge this “God” or “miracle” effect on human patients, but also take it into consideration in all medical research that involves actual patients. In fact, most medical research of new drugs or new treatments are considered invalid if they ignore this miraculous effect of faith on real patients.