What Medicine Can Teach Us About Religious Tolerance

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Abraar Karan
Dr. Abraar Karan is an MPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has worked in several countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa on global health and human rights projects. His current interests include health systems improvement, medical ethics, political leadership in health, and anti-corruption. Abraar graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Yale College. t: @AbraarKaran

Medicine is one of the few fields in which tolerance is not only valued, but required for the success of taking care of sick patients. Physicians often care for patients with different religious, political, and cultural views. At times, physicians are confronted with patients who are criminals, racists, and even patients who may dislike them for how they look or what they believe. However, a central tenet of medicine is that the care of the patient must come before anything else. In a recent essay I wrote in the Huffington Post, I discuss my personal experiences being a physician of Muslim descent, and what medicine and global health has taught me about tolerance in light of the recent religious immigration restrictions facing our country. The full text is available at the hyperlink above.