Blind Faith The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine

ISBN-10: 0312348827

ISBN-13: 9780312348823

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard P. Sloan
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Description: Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Surgeons who pray in the OR. Pro-life clinics and end-of-life interventions, intelligent-design activists and stem-cell-research opponents. Isthisthe state of modern medicine inAmerica? InBlind Faith,Dr. Richard P. Sloan examines the fragile balance and dangerous alliance between religion and medicine—two practices that have grown disconcertingly close during the twenty-first century. While Sloan does not dispute the fact that religion can bring a sense of comfort in times of difficulty, he nevertheless believes, and in fact proves, that there is no compelling evidence that faith provides an actual cure for any ailment.nbsp;By exposing the flawed research, Sloan gives readers the tools to understand when good medical science is subverted and, at the same time, provides a thought-provoking examination into the origins and varieties of faith, and human nature itself.

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.68" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Religion and Health, Yesterday and Today
Introduction
Religion and Medicine in History
From Sputnik to Angels: Science, Subjectivity, and the Rise of Irrationalism
Why Now?
Reading the Evidence
Are There Really So Many Studies on Religion and Health?
How Good Is the Evidence?
Is There Really a Health Advantage to the Religiously Active?
Attendance at Services and Mortality
Why Long-Distance Healing Doesn't Have a Prayer
Religion and the Practice of Medicine
Ethical Problems
Is It Practical to Bring Religion into Medicine?
Is There Really a Demand for Bringing Religion into Medicine?
Trivializing the Transcendent: Be Careful What You Wish For
Conclusions
Religion and Medicine: Hope or Hype?
Notes
Index
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