Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity Paperback

by Gary B. Ferngren;


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Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

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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 also 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 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 by Gary B. Ferngren was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in March 2016. The ISBN for Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity is 9781421420066.

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Page last updated 6th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press (March 2016)
Weight385g
Number of Pages264
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781421420066
ISBN-101421420066
Product Code4377023
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