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ABSTRACT. In ancient and more recent writings of Orthodox Spirituality, there is an emphasis on the greatness of the faithful unmercenary physician before God, the welcome physician with love for man. Our Good God works through the physician to heal the sick most of the time. In my paper, I wish to emphasize, starting from the writings of the Fathers of the Church, the fact that the holy unmercenary doctors are healers in the name of Christ and His missionaries, then I intend to underline that great before God is the faithful unmercenary physician with love for people and to reveal, with emotion, some of the concerns of a good devoted physician, a missionary of Christ, afterwards, I will make known the prayer of a physician for his patients and, finally, I will argue that an appropriate assessment of the relationship between disease and sin has important consequences on the value framework that concerns medicine.

Keywords: faithful; physicians; God; Fathers of the Church; heavenly people; earthly angels

LIVIU PETCU
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Dumitru Staniloae Faculty of Orthodox Theology,
Department of Research,
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

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