Paging God Religion in the Halls of Medicine

ISBN-10: 0226922111
ISBN-13: 9780226922119
Edition: 2012
Authors: Wendy Cadge
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

While the modern science of medicine often seems nothing short of miraculous, religion still plays an important role in the past and present of many hospitals. When three-quarters of Americans believe that God can cure people who have been given little or no chance of survival by their doctors, how do today’s technologically sophisticated health care organizations address spirituality and faith? Through a combination of interviews with nurses, doctors, and chaplains across the United States and close observation of their daily routines, Wendy Cadge takes readers inside major academic medical institutions to explore how today’s doctors and hospitals address prayer and other forms of religion and spirituality.  From chapels to intensive care units to the morgue, hospital caregivers speak directly in these pages about how religion is part of their daily work in visible and invisible ways. InPaging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine,Cadge shifts attention away from the ongoing controversy about whether faith and spiritualityshouldplay a role in health care and back to the many ways that these powerful forces already function in healthcare today.

Wendy Cadge is associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University and the author of Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America,also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface
In the Beginning-A Tour
Looking Back: Glimpses of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Academic Medical Centers
From Symbols to Silence: The Design and Use of Hospital Chapels
Wholeness, Presence, and Hope: The Perspectives of Hospital Chaplains
Essential or Optional? How Hospitals Shape the Professional Tasks of Chaplains
Spirituality and Religion in Intensive Care: Staffs Perspectives and Professional Responses
Why Sickness and Death? Religion and Spirituality in the Ways Intensive Care Unit Staff Make Meaning
Managing Death: The Personal and Institutional "Dirty Work" of Chaplains
Conclusion: Looking Forward
Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
References
Index

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