Medicine and Spirituality
A lecture delivered by Dr. Abdu'l-Missagh
14 January, 2005
Dr. Abdu'l-Missagh Ghadirian came to Ottawa on 14
January, 2005 -- and, with his busy schedule, he blessed us
with an engrossing and illuminating lecture on the topic of
Medicine and Spirituality. The talk was organised by the Campus
Association for Bahá'í Studies at the University
of Ottawa, and attracted a large audience from the university
population and from the Bahá'í community.
Dr. Ghadirian's lecture begins.
Dr. Ghadirian is, among many other things, a Professor
at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and an Emeritus Physician
of McGill University Health Centre and the Royal Victoria
Hospital in Montreal. His talk focused on the advances being
made in exploring the connections between medicine and spirituality
at McGill. Since 2003, McGill's Department of Undergraduate
Medical Education has been offering an elective credit course
and the Practice of Medicine", taught by Dr. Ghadirian
As well as examining the growing academic interest
in the relationship between health, medicine, spirituality
and religion, Dr. Ghadirian laid a strongly founded argument
for the fundamental connection between religion and medicine
-- describing the nature of healing as being both a material
process and a spiritual process. Without spiritual healing,
he maintained, full recovery from serious illness is rendered
far more difficult.
The talk ended with a Question-and-Answer period.
Many members of the audience (packed into the auditorium)
asked pointed and/or difficult ethical questions about their
practice as doctors, underscoring the great need for increased
dialogue on this important yet underresearched topic. Many
people sought out Dr. Ghadirian at the end to ask even more
questions, and to thank him for the insights delivered in
Overall, the event was a success, and highly appreciated
by the audience. And of course, true to form, the Ottawa
Bahá'í youth took time afterwards to socialize
and go out for a late dinner at Nickels' in the Byward Market.
See those pictures online soon!
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