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

Johns Hopkins University Press (1996)
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.".
Keywords Medical ethics History  Medicine Christianity  Medicine, Medieval  Medicine, Ancient  Religion and Medicine collected works  Ethics, Medical collected works  Christianity collected works  History of Medicine, Ancient collected works  History of Medicine, Medieval collected works
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Call number R725.56.A48 1996
ISBN(s) 0801863546
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