, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 130–134 | Cite as

Hospitality Happens: Dialogic Ethics of Care

  • Christine S. DavisEmail author
Symposium: Hostility to Hospitality


This essay responds to Balboni and Balboni’s 2019 book, Hostility to Hospitality: Spirituality and Professional Socialization within Medicine. In contrast to Balboni and Balboni’s argument that spirituality and medicine are oppositional tensions, I argue that medical care is itself an inherent manifestation of spirituality. The concept of “person-centered medicine” represents enhanced interpersonal relationships between patients and practitioners and leads to an appreciation of the personhood and inherent humanness of patients and their families. I explain ‘dialogic ethics of care,’ and claim that the hospital space is a community of dialogue, hospitality, and holiness; of love as a verb.


Dialogue Person-centered medicine Dialogic ethics of care Spirituality Palliative care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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