Healing Connection

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The name Harold G. Koenig is well known in the fastgrowing field of spirituality and health. Founder and director of the widely respected Duke University Center for the Study of ReligionSpirituality and Health, Dr. Koenig is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking work in medical science and religious faith. In this booknow available in paperbackhe shares his remarkable personal story and shows how personal trials became the catalyst for his pioneering research.In Part One he describes his turbulent youth ...
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Overview

The name Harold G. Koenig is well known in the fastgrowing field of spirituality and health. Founder and director of the widely respected Duke University Center for the Study of ReligionSpirituality and Health, Dr. Koenig is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking work in medical science and religious faith. In this booknow available in paperbackhe shares his remarkable personal story and shows how personal trials became the catalyst for his pioneering research.In Part One he describes his turbulent youth growing up on a California vineyard, college days of experimentation during the 1970s, adventures as a student researcher in Africa with Jane Goodall, an emotional breakdown, expulsion from medical school for disruptive behavior, battling mental illness as a street person in San Francisco. He refers to his ongoing battle with a chronic and debilitating physical disease in terms of the insights it gives him for his work, and he recounts the striking realization of Gods call, the people and events that helped him refine a vision into a mission, and the subsequent professional opposition that resided alongside his success.Part Two draws on the reallife examples of former patients and summarizes Koenigs most important findings concerning the impact of Christian faith on mental and physical health, encapsulated by the statement Religious faith and practice are connected to mental and physical health.In Part Three he challenges individuals and the American church to consider the implications of the research and to develop constructive ways of implementing the healing connection that can be found in faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932031850
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Koenig, MD, completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is now on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Koenig is director and founder of the Center for the Study of ReligionSpirituality and Health at that institution, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with nearly 250 peerreviewed articles and book chapters and 25 books in print or in preparation. He is editor of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, a refereed medical research journal, and editorinchief of Science and Theology News, a monthly international newspaper. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on close to 50 national and international TV news programs (including all major US news networks), 80 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR, BBC, and CBC interviews), and nearly 200 national or international newspapers or magazines (including three issues of Reader's Digest and cover stories of Newsweek and Parade magazine). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on health, and has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for progress in religion.
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