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Bob D. Smith

Obtaining Medical Information from a Physician

Journal of Biblical Counseling 7:4

In this article, Bob Smith explains how the pastor may best relate to a medical doctor in order to get the most helpful information concerning his counselee. The counselor must recognize that he is not a physician (even if he was a medic in the service, has had first-aid or other similar medical training, etc.) and even physicians at times have difficulty clearly establishing physical causes of behavior problems. Smith urges caution so as to not misuse the medical information and provides sample form letters that can be sent to physicians to obtain information.

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