Faith, Medicine, and Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. David B. Larson

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A perfect introduction to the connection between religious faith and physical and mental health!

Faith, Medicine, and Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. David B. Larson is a comprehensive collection of groundbreaking work from one of the principal figures in the establishment, expansion, and acceptance of scientific research at the interface of religion, spirituality, and health. Dr. Jeff Levin and Dr. Harold G. Koenig honor their late colleague with a retrospective of his writings on the impact of religious faith and identity on physical and mental health and on a variety of social issues, including criminal behavior, substance abuse, mental illness, juvenile delinquency, reproductive decisions, marital satisfaction, family functioning, and the quality of life. The book also features a concise history of the religion and health field, a biography of Dr. Larson, and tributes, essays, and remembrances from the leading figures in the field.

Faith, Medicine, and Science honors Dr. Larson’s role in raising awareness of the health effects of religious faith and his vision and efforts in establishing coursework on religion and spirituality within undergraduate and graduate medical education programs. His body of theoretical and empirical writings serves as a permanent record of the powerful role played by religion and spirituality, and his work stands as a lasting contribution to science, medicine, and society. These articles combine with the book’s supplemental features to provide social and behavioral scientists, medical researchers, and clinicians with an essential resource for clinical research and education.

Topics examined in Faith, Medicine, and Science include:

  • the religious life of alcoholics
  • religion, spirituality, and mortality
  • the impact of religion on men’s blood pressure
  • the systematic analysis of research on religious variables
  • a systematic review of nursing home research
  • religious affiliations in mental health research samples as compared with national samples
  • the associations between dimensions of religious commitment and mental health
  • and much more!
Faith, Medicine, and Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. David B. Larson documents the work of one of the most important writers on the interface of the human spirit and the healing arts. His death in 2002 at the age of 54 remains a profound loss, but through this book, his pioneering research will continue to serve as a thorough and accessible introduction to the religion and health field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789018717
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Editors
Contributors
About Dr. David B. Larson
Foreword
Preface

PART I TRIBUTES TO DR. DAVID B. LARSON

Chapter 1 Faith Matters: Reflections on the Life and Work of Dr. David B.
Larson
Introduction
Dave Larson, the Pioneer
Dave Larson, the Person
Dave Larson, the Scientist
Dave Larson’s Legacy

Chapter 2 Personal Remembrances

Chapter 3 Eulogies

Chapter 4 The Nearly Forgotten Factor in Psychiatry: What a Difference a
Decade Makes: The Twentieth Annual Oskar Pfister Award Address
Spiritual Coping After 9/11: New England Journal of Medicine Findings
Importance of Religion/Spirituality in the U.S. Population
Relevance of Religion/Spirituality for Mental Health Patients
A Research Quest
Summary

PART II SELECTED WRITINGS OF DR. DAVID B. LARSON

Chapter 5 Religious Life of Alcoholics
Method
Results
Discussion
Conclusion

Chapter 6 Systematic Analysis of Research on Religious Variables in Four
Major Psychiatric Journals, 1978-1982
Religious Research in Psychiatry and in Behavioral Science
Results
Discussion

Chapter 7 Religious Affiliations in Mental Health Research Samples As
Compared with National Samples
Method
Results
Discussion

Chapter 8 Associations Between Dimensions of Religious Commitment and
Mental Health Reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry and Archives
of General Psychiatry: 1978-1989
Method
Results
Discussion

Chapter 9 Religious Content in the DSM-III-R Glossary of Technical Terms
Method
Results
Discussion

Chapter 10 The Couch and the Cloth: The Need for Linkage
Methods
Results
Discussion

Chapter 11 The Impact of Religion on Men’s Blood Pressure
Introduction
Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusion

Chapter 12 A Systematic Review of Nursing Home Research in Three
Psychiatric Journals: 1966-1985
Summary
Methods
Results
Discussion

Chapter 13 Mortality and Religion/Spirituality: A Brief Review of the
Research
Mortality Findings in Community-Dwelling Study Populations
Longitudinal Mortality Studies in Israel
Recent Mortality Studies of U.S. Regional Community Samples
Meta-Analysis of Mortality Studies
Findings Among Patient Populations
Summary

Chapter 14 Have Faith: Religion Can Heal Mental Ills

PART III: THE LIFE OF DAVID B. LARSON

Chapter 15 Dave: My Daring, Dauntless, Devoted White Knight
Daring Jester
Early Shattered World
Dauntless Drive
Pervasive Integrity

Chapter 16 Curriculum Vitae
Index
Reference Notes Included

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