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

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

by Darrel W. Amundsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801863546

ISBN-13: 9780801863547

Pub. Date: 01/20/2000

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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."

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ISBN-13:
9780801863547
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/20/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Body, Soul, and Physician1
2The Physician's Obligation to Prolong Life: A Medical Duty without Classical Roots30
3Medicine and the Birth of Defective Children: Approaches of the Ancient World50
4Suicide and Early Christian Values70
5Medicine and Faith in Early Christianity127
6Tatian's "Rejection" of Medicine in the Second Century158
7Caring and Curing in the Medieval Catholic Tradition175
8Medieval Canon Law on Medical and Surgical Practice by the Clergy222
9Casuistry and Professional Obligations: The Regulation of Physicians by the Court of Conscience in the Late Middle Ages248
10Medical Deontology and Pestilential Disease in the Late Middle Ages289
11The Moral Stance of the Earliest Syphilographers, 1495-1505310
Indexes373

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