Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

ISBN-10: 0801891426
ISBN-13: 9780801891427
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Drawing on New Testament studies and recent scholarship on the expansion of the Christian church, Gary B. Ferngren presents a comprehensive historical account of medicine and medical philanthropy in the first five centuries of the Christian era.Ferngren first describes how early Christians understood disease. He examines the relationship of early Christian medicine to the natural and supernatural modes of healing found in the Bible. Despite biblical accounts of demonic possession and miraculous healing, Ferngren argues that early Christians generally accepted naturalistic assumptions about disease and cared for the sick with medical knowledge gleaned from the Greeks and Romans.Ferngren next explores the origins of medical philanthropy in the early Christian church. Rather than viewing illness as punishment for sins, early Christians believed that the sick deserved both medical assistance and compassion. Even as they were being persecuted, Christians cared for the sick both within and outside of their community. Their long experience in medical charity led to the creation of the first hospitals, a singular Christian contribution to health care.Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity is essential reading for scholars and students in the history of medicine and religious studies.

Acknowledgments
Methods and Approaches
The Christian Reception of Greek Medicine
Early Christian Views of the Etiology of Disease
Christianity as a Religion of Healing
The Basis of Christian Medical Philanthropy
Health Care in the Early Church
Some Concluding Observations
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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