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Link Between Religion and Health Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor

ISBN-10: 0195143604

ISBN-13: 9780195143607

Edition: 2002

Authors: Harold G. Koenig, Harvey Jay Cohen, Harold G. Koenig, Harvey J. Cohen

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This book is the first to present new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and to examine the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. The distinguished list of contributors examine a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious faith and behavior. PNI studies the relationships between mental states and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the issues it focuses upon are how mental states, in general, and belief states, in particular, affect physical health. The contributors argue that religious involvement and belief can affect certain neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms, and that these mechanisms, in turn, positively affect a wide variety of health outcomes, such as susceptibility to cancer and recovery following surgery. This volume is essential reading for those interested in the relationship between religion and health.
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Book details

List price: $59.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628

Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., is professor of medicine & director of the Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development at Duke University (voted one of the top centers of aging studies by "U.S. News & World Report") & of the Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center at the VAMC, Durham, North Carolina. He lives in North Carolina.

Contributors
Introduction
The Connection between Psychoneuroimmunology and Religion
The Development and History of Psychoneuroimmunology
Understanding How Stress Affects the Physical Body
Stress, Natural Killer Cells, and Cancer
Psychosocial Interventions and Prognosis in Cancer
Psychosocial Stress, Social Networks, and Susceptibility to Infection
Psychosocial Factors, Immunity, and Wound Healing
Psychosocial Factors, Spirituality/Religiousness, and Immune Function in HIV/AIDS Patients
Hostility, Neuroendocrine Changes, and Health Outcomes
Psychological Stress and Autoimmune Disease
Immune, Neuroendocrine, and Religious Measures
Psychoneuroimmunology and Eastern Religious Traditions
Psychoneuroimmunology and Western Religious Traditions
Psychoneuroimmunology and Religion: Implications for Society and Culture
Avenues for Future Research
Conclusions
Index