Religion and Medicine: A History of the Encounter Between Humanity's Two Greatest Institutions

ISBN : 9780190867355

Jeff Levin; Stephen G. Post
304 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2020
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Though the current political climate might lead one to suspect that religion and medicine make for uncomfortable bedfellows, the two institutions have a long history of alliance. From religious healers and religious hospitals to religiously informed bioethics and research studies on the impact of religious and spiritual beliefs on physical and mental well-being, religion and medicine have encountered one another from antiquity through the present day. In Religion and Medicine, Dr. Jeff Levin outlines this longstanding history and the multifaceted interconnections between these two institutions. The first book to cover the full breadth of this subject, it documents religion-medicine alliances across religious traditions, throughout the world, and over the course of history. Levin summarizes a wide range of material in the most comprehensive introduction to this emerging field of scholarship to date.


Foreword - by Stephen G. Post
Chapter 1. Conflict and Cooperation
Chapter 2. Healers and Healthcare
Chapter 3. Missions and Ministries
Chapter 4. Congregations and Communities
Chapter 5. Scientists and Scholars
Chapter 6. Teaching and Training
Chapter 7. Prescriptions and Proscriptions
Chapter 8. Policies and Programs
Chapter 9. Challenges and Choices

About the author: 

Dr. Jeff Levin, an epidemiologist and religious scholar, holds a distinguished chair at Baylor University, where he is University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Professor of Medical Humanities, and Director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at the Institute for Studies of Religion. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, and as an Affiliated Member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the International Epidemiological Association, the American College of Epidemiology, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the International Society for Science and Religion.

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