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Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Surgeons who pray in the OR. Pro-life clinics and end-of-life interventions, intelligent-design activists and stem-cell-research opponents. Is this the state of modern medicine in America?

In Blind Faith, Dr. Richard P. Sloan examines the fragile balance and dangerous alliance between religion and medicine—two
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 31st 2006)
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Sloan (no relation) addresses and answers three critical questions on teh relationship between religion and medicine:

1) Do efforts to link religion and health represent good science?
2) Do they represent good medicine?
3) Do they represent good religion?

Unsurprisingly his answer to all three is a clear NO.

The section on religion and health is somewhat dry, focusing as it must on study methodology. However, this is largely unavoidable, as how can one judge if the studies cited are good science wit
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Peter
Feb 12, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
Would work better as essay. The basic theme is fine except the book just goes on and on - fluffed up essay
Mof
Dec 26, 2013 Mof rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that should be an article. It takes a lot from the thoughts of Steven Jay Gould about the separate domains of religion and science.

There are two main points.
First, for many people, religion bring comfort in times of difficulty.
Linking religion and health trivializes religion

Second, methods of science have contributed nothing to ethics, inspiration, morals, beauty, love, hate or aesthetics. These are beyond the domain of science.

Always hope for the best, even if we do not expect it.
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Denise
Mar 14, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, easy reading -and a bit redundant. Mr. Sloan asks: Do efforts to link religion and health represent good science? Do they represent good medicine? Do they represent good religion?

The first chapters cover a very brief history of medicine and religion. This is followed by explanation of the scientific method and how to think critically about science information. Ultimately, he answers "no" to all three questions.

Really good line on page 57.
"We crave more personal, more caring treatment by
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TJ
Dec 02, 2013 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could the author be more biased or skeptical. Would value and respect the book more if he even tried to be non biased.
Also he picks the low lying fruit of research articles on medicine- ones that focus on prayer and church attendance. There are more articles that focus on quality of life and religion
Joan
A lot of words to tell me what I already knew. Comfort is good in whatever form it comes in. Not to be confused with being favored by whatever god one believes in.
travelerblue
Religion and medicine can be mixed - just not by the doctor.
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