Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine

ISBN : 9780197553961

Michael J. Balboni; John R. Peteet
432 ページ
178 x 254 mm

Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine provides a comprehensive evaluation of the relationship between spirituality, religion, and medical practice. The authors, all leading clinician-researchers in their fields, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the most recent empirical research of religion and spirituality within many distinct fields of medicine. Recognizing the interdisciplinary aspects of spirituality, religion, and health, the book also turns to scholarship throughout a multitude of academic fields-including psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, history, philosophy, and theology-to consider cultural dimensions of clinical practice. This is the first time in a single volume that readers can reflect on these multi-dimensional, complex issues with contributions from leading scholars, as well as the first collection that assesses how the medical context interacts with patient spirituality recognizing crucial differences between contexts from obstetrics and family medicine, to nursing, to gerontology and the ICU. The book concludes with a synthesis, identifying the best studies in the field of religion and health, ongoing weaknesses in research, and highlighting what can be confidently believed based on prior studies. The synthesis also considers relations between the empirical literature on religion and health and the theological and religious traditions, discussing places of convergence and tension, as well as remaining open questions for further reflection and research. Spirituality and Religion within the Culture of Medicine provides trainees and clinicians introductory information for newcomers to the field of spirituality, religion, and medicine, and provides researchers and scholars familiar with field critical and up-to-date analysis from a multi-disciplinary approach.


Chapter 1: Introduction:
Michael J. Balboni and John R. Peteet
PART I: Religion, Spirituality, and Medical Sub-Specialities
Chapter 2. Religion and Spirituality in OBGYN
Rachel Peragallo and John Thorp
Chapter 3. Religion and Spirituality in Pediatrics
Ray Barfield and Sarah Barton
Chapter 4. Religion and Spirituality in Family Medicine
Timothy P. Daaleman
Chapter 5. Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry
Dan G. Blazer
Chapter 6. Religion and Spirituality in Internal Medicine
Lydia S. Dugdale and Daniel P. Sulmasy
Chapter 7. Religion and Spirituality in Surgery
John Tarpley and Margaret Tarpley
Chapter 8. Religion and Spirituality in Gerontology
Harold G. Koenig
Chapter 9. Religion and Spirituality in Oncology
Alan Astrow
Chapter 10. Religion and Spirituality in Palliative Medicine
Tracy Balboni and Michael Balboni
Chapter 11. Religion and Spirituality in the Intensive Care Unit
Alex Cist and Philip Choi
Chapter 12: Religion and Spirituality in Medical Ethics
Farr A. Curlin
Chapter 13: Religion and Spirituality in Medical Education
Marta Herschkopf and Christina Puchalski
Chapter 14. Religion and Spirituality in Nursing
John Swinton and Lynn Vanderpot
Part Two: Scholarly Disciplinary Perspectives
Chapter 15. Medicine, Spirituality, Religion and Psychology
Kelly Trevino and Kenneth Pargament
Chapter 16. Spirituality, Resistance, and Modern Medicine: A Sociological Perspective
Jonathan Imber
Chapter 17. Anthropologies of Medicine, Religion, and Spirituality and Their Application to Clinical Practice
Lance D. Laird and L. Linda Barnes
Chapter 18. Law, Religion, and the Physician-Patient Relationship
Michael P, Moreland and O. Carter Snead
Chapter 19. Medicine and Spirituality: A Historical Perspective
Gary B. Ferngren
Chapter 20. Philosophical Perspectives on Medicine and Religion
James A. Marcum
Chapter 21. Medicine, Religion and Spirituality in Theological Context
Brett McCarty and Warren Kinghorn
Part Three: Synthesis and Integration
Chapter 22. Religion and Health: A Synthesis
Tyler VanderWeele


Michael J. Balboni is a theologian and social-scientific researcher at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is co-director of the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard University and co-leads the National Conference on Medicine and Religion. His empirical research focuses on describing the spiritual beliefs and practices of patients, clinicians, and religious communities in end-of-life care. His theological work examines religion and spirituality within secular medical contexts, including Hostility to Hospitality (Oxford University Press), co-written with Tracy Balboni, MD. He is Senior Minister to the Longwood Christian Community, an intentional religious community of healthcare students and professionals in Boston. John R. Peteet is a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has authored or co-edited several books and numerous papers on the; clinical interface between spirituality/religion and psychiatry and serves as president of the American Psychiatric Association's Caucus on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry.