Physicians, theologians examine faith and medical practice

Chicago — Nashville, Tenn., psychiatrist Andrew Michel, MD, often feels frustrated in his practice. He says his specialty’s diagnostic system is not well-validated, that psychotropic medications are frequently ineffective, and that managed care means there is never enough time to plumb the depths of his patients’ mental anguish.

Dr. Michel draws upon his Christian faith to find the will to sustain his commitment to medicine amid these challenges.

On a busy day, moving from one all-too-brief appointment to the next, he has time only for a simple prayer: “Lord, have mercy.”

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