Suffering, Medicine, and the Book of Job

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Physicians regularly encounter suffering in patients who may be seriously or chronically ill, disabled, or dying. This article explores the question of why God allows suffering and considers the Book of Job in particular for insights on the role of faith in suffering. It examines how society has viewed disease as a manifestation of God across history and presents several perspectives on the relationship between disease, suffering, and religion, including potential implications for the contemporary practice of medicine and personal reflections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-431
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion, Disability and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


  • Book of Job
  • disability
  • disease
  • history of medicine
  • suffering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Religious studies
  • Rehabilitation


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