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Bad faith : when religious belief undermines modern medicine / Paul A. Offit, M.D.

  • Offit, Paul A.
Date
[2015]
  • Books

About this work

Description

"In Bad Faith, acclaimed physician and author Paul Offit gives readers a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion. Never afraid of controversy, Offit takes a stark and disturbing look at our surprising capacity to risk the health and safety of children in service of our beliefs. He tells the story of two devoted Christian Scientists who are shocked and heartbroken when their infant dies of a treatable disease; of orthodox Jewish parents who risk infecting their babies with herpes during an unsterile circumcision ritual; and of a man who believes his faith can cure his son's diabetes and, when that tragically fails, tries to raise him from the dead. The tangled relationship between religion and medicine may appear to afflict only certain pockets of America, but this phenomenon reaches much further -- whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers, you'll likely encounter these issues"--Provided by publisher.

Publication/Creation

New York : Basic Books, [2015]

Physical description

xv, 253 pages ; 25 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

The very worst thing -- A fragile magic -- A vengeful God -- The faith healer next door -- The literal and the damned -- Dialogue of the deaf -- Do unto others -- Ungodly acts -- The miracle business -- The peculiar people -- The divine whisper -- Standing up -- Epilogue: the frail web of understanding.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • Location

    History of Medicine CW.6

    Access

    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780465082964
  • 0465082963