Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine

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Macmillan, Oct 31, 2006 - 295 pages
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In an America that increasingly turns its back on the teachings of science, the worlds of religion and medicine have grown disconcertingly close. A majority of Americans now see prayer and other religious activities as a substitute for well-researched methods of curing disease. Many ask, "So, what's the problem with prayer?" By taking a hard look at the scientific evidence. Richard Sloan believes there is no proven curative power to prayer and that the use of it as a medical treatment underminds effective patient care.In Blind Faith, Sloan exposes the questionable research practicies and unfounded claims made by ethical scientists who manipulate scientific data and research results to support their claim of effective mystical intervention in healing. Sloan begins by looking at how good science works and what it's founded on. He then discusses the faulty methodology employed by those trumpeting the role of prayer in healing and implicates a gullible media in the propogation of bad science. He looks at ethical and clinical concerns of the debate and the ultimate trivialization of religion that results. As the Christian right turns its back on science, medicine, seems to be its next target. Sloan lays bare the faults of these assertions in a book sure to make headlines.
 

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Contents

Religion and Medicine in History
15
Science Subjectivity and
27
Why Now?
53
Are There Really So Many Studies on Religion
73
How Good Is the Evidence?
81
Is There Really a Health Advantage to the Religiously
107
Attendance at Services and Mortality
141
Why LongDistance Healing Doesnt Have
157
Ethical Problems
181
Is It Practical to Bring Religion into Medicine?
207
Is There Really a Demand for Bringing Religion into
231
CONCLUSIONS
263
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RICHARD P. SLOAN, PH.D. is a professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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