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

December 1, 2020
Religion and Medicine: A History of the Encounter Between Humanity's Two Greatest Institutions

Though the current political climate might lead one to suspectthat religion and medicine make for uncomfortable bedfellows, thetwo institutions have a long history of alliance. From religioushealers and religious hospitals to religiously informed bioethicsand research studies on the impact of religious and spiritualbeliefs on physical and mental well-being, religion and medicinehave encountered one another from antiquity through the presentday. In Religion and Medicine, Dr. Jeff Levin outlinesthis longstanding history and the multifaceted interconnectionsbetween these two institutions. The first book to cover the fullbreadth of this subject, it documents religion-medicine alliancesacross religious traditions, throughout the world, and over thecourse of history. Levin summarizes a wide range of material in themost comprehensive introduction to this emerging field ofscholarship to date.