Medicine and Religion

Despite evidence that religious faith influences both the practice of clinicians and how patients experience illness, the relationship between medicine and religion has received scant scholarly attention. To promote a deeper understanding of this relationship, Elaine and sociologist Wendy Cadge of Brandeis University examined the categories that doctors develop for understanding the connections between medicine and religion in the context of their work and personal lives. Findings from this pilot project will be used to build a larger study that examines approaches to religion and spirituality among physicians.

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