Medicine, Society and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Paperback

by Darrel W. Amundsen;


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Medicine, Society and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

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In Medicine, Society, and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, Darrel Amundsen explores the disputed boundaries of medicine and Christianity by focusing on the principle of the sanctity of human life, including the duty to treat or attempt to sustain the life of the ill. As he examines his themes and moves from text to context, Amundsen clarifies a number of Christian principles in relation to bioethical issues that are hotly debated today. In his examination of the moral stance of the earliest syphilographers, for example, he finds insights into the ethical issues surrounding the treatment of AIDS, which he believes has its closest historical antecedent not in plague but in syphilis. He also shows that the belief that all healing comes from God, whether directly, through prayer, or through the use of medicine -- a sentiment commonly held by contemporary Christians -- cannot be accurately attributed to any extant source from the patristic period. Indeed, all the Church Fathers were convinced that healing sometimes came from evil sources: Satan and his demons were able to heal, for example, and Asclepius was a demon "to be taken very seriously indeed".

Medicine, Society and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds by Darrel W. Amundsen was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2000. The ISBN for Medicine, Society and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds is 9780801863547.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press (January 2000)
EditionNew edition
Weight603g
Number of Pages412
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780801863547
ISBN-100801863546
Product Code3865506
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