The Pastoral Physician: Cancer and Psychospiritual Care

  • Stacey B. Day


Fundamental to Christian Western moral thinking was the edict “Ye shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Much of the thought that incorporates this love is integrated into the concept of the pastoral physician, who in the Augustinian tie of anthropological and cosmological principles established a role of Caritas, essentially a binding together as if to make one. By this love one man “dwelt inside” another and in that understanding love of man built a “unified structure,” which today we relate to unity, wholeness, or allness, expressed in our studies in terms of biologos and the biopsychosocial way. (1–3)


Human Person General System Theory Cosmological Principle Flight Response Catastrophic Illness 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacey B. Day
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International Center for Health SciencesMeharry Medical CollegeNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer ResearchNew YorkUSA

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