Ministry & Meaning: A Religious History of Catholic Health Care in the United States

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This is the first comprehensive study to explore the religious self-understanding of caregivers, particularly women religious whose ministry was manifested in public and private facilities, in times of epidemics and war, in cities and on the frontier, in railroad and mining-camp hospitals.

With an emphasis upon their contexts Christopher J. Kauffman scrutinizes such historical spheres as the history of medicine, religious pluralism, ethnicity, ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive study to explore the religious self-understanding of caregivers, particularly women religious whose ministry was manifested in public and private facilities, in times of epidemics and war, in cities and on the frontier, in railroad and mining-camp hospitals.

With an emphasis upon their contexts Christopher J. Kauffman scrutinizes such historical spheres as the history of medicine, religious pluralism, ethnicity, the Catholic Health Association, and the modernization processes affecting church and health care.

With a sensitivity to the significance of racism, sexism, anti-Catholicism, and nativism, as well as the influence of popular Catholicity, Kauffman locates the meanings of the ministry at the dynamic intersections of religion and culture.

A leading historian chronicles the great contributions of the Catholic Church to hospital and health care in the U.S., with practical implications for today. The author sheds new light on medicine, religious pluralism, ethnicity, the Catholic Health Care Association and issues affecting church and health care today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824514594
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Introduction: Exploring the Boundaries 1
Ch. 1 Prologue: The European Traditions 11
Ch. 2 The Maryland Experience, 1634-1850 27
Ch. 3 Epidemics: Responses to the Cholera 1832-1850 50
Ch. 4 Catholic Benevolence 64
Ch. 5 Catholic Nurses in the Civil War 82
Ch. 6 The Frontier Experience 96
Ch. 7 The Convergence of Subcultures: Medical, Religious, and Ethnic, 1890-1915 129
Ch. 8 National Structures and Hospital Standardization 168
Ch. 9 Illness and Popular Devotion 193
Ch. 10 Catholic Idealism: Hospitals, Physicians, Nurses 213
Ch. 11 Transitions in Church, Society, and Health Care, 1948-1965 249
Ch. 12 Religious Renewal, Lay Ministry, and the CHA 280
Ch. 13 Epilogue: Crisis, Reform, and Mission 301
Notes 311
Index 347
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