Paging God Religion in the Halls of Medicine
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
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.
|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|