Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his ThD from Duke University Divinity School. He is assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. He teaches and mentors divinity students, medical and other health professions students and psychiatry residents at Duke. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat trauma, the teaching of medical professionalism, the history and philosophy of psychiatric diagnosis, and the way that the work of St. Thomas Aquinas informs the way that Christians
understand mental illness, mental health and human flourishing. He is a core faculty member of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School (https://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/theology-medicine-and-culture), which seeks to provide practicing clinicians and students with opportunities for theological education and formation.
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“While We Nothing Heeded” – Hope on Ward 3
Ward 3, the locked psychiatric unit where I began my residency in psychiatry, was an utterly unattractive place, a tired fluorescent network of wall fabric and tile, fragrant with cleaning solution and stray bodily fluids. Its pajama- clad inmates, expelled from comfortable 21st century American culture by the demons of chronic mental illness and addiction, would stabilize, rest, detoxify, regroup and then—eventually—leave. It was a place of great pain, of small victories and sometimes, astonishingly, of irrepressible hope.