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A Catholic Perspective on COVID-19

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2023

John J. Paris
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
Brian M. Cummings*
Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Corresponding author: Brian M. Cummings; Email:


It took nearly two thousand years for society to recognize the Hippocratic insistence that “the doctor knows best”1 was an inadequate approach to medical decisionmaking. Today, patient-centered medicine has come to understand that the individual patient has a significant role in the decisionmaking process.2

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