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Pope reminds doctors: respect the patient's dignity

October 20, 2008

“Respect for human dignity, in fact, requires unconditional respect for each individual human being, born or unborn, healthy or sick, whatever their condition may be,” Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Italian Surgical Society at an audience on October 20. He said that while modern medicine continues to advance in the treatment of the sick, it is essential to guard against "abandoning patients at the moment in which it is felt impossible to obtain appreciable results.”


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