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Medicine and Religion

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Explores the interplay of medicine and religion in Western societies.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Ancient Near East2. Greece3. Rome4. Early Christianity5. The Middle Ages6. Islam in the Middle Ages, with Mahdieh Tavakol7. The Early Modern Period8. The Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesEpilogueNotesIndex

About the Author

Gary B. Ferngren is a professor of history at Oregon State University, editor of Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, and author of Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity, both published by Johns Hopkins.


This book is highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the intersection of religion and medicine... I expect this book to become required reading for many clinical health care and bioethics classes (as well as history classes). -- Sharon Packer Metapsychology Medicine and Religion will serve as a useful introduction to anyone - which means everyone - who will experience its twin themes. -- William Whyte Church Times This book is quite wonderful... It covers a large amount of history in the setting of a relatively short book, but the information that is contained in the eight chapters and epilogue is incredibly well presented in an easy-to-read manner. -- John F. Pohl Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith Gary B. Ferngren is familiar with the often volatile, always interesting intersections of science and religion. His Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction (2002) and Medicine and Healthcare in Early Christianity (2009), both published by Johns Hopkins University Press, made important contributions to the field. At last, instructors who wanted relatively succinct but authoritative treatments of these subjects had excellent additions to their classroom syllabi. This new book is no exception. -- Michael A. Flannery Medical History

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