Religion, health, and suffering

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Kegan Paul International, Jan 6, 1999 - Medical - 498 pages
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How do different religions explain illness and suffering? These essays, by religious practitioners, physicians, and historians of medicine, medical history, medical anthropology, and religion, survey different religions, citing common practice and official doctrine, and discuss traditional as well as alternative medicines in multi-religious societies. Addressing such issues as general practice, psychiatric illness, and attitudes toward pain, this book will be of interest in such fields as history, religious studies, and practical care.

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HEALTH AND SUFFERING IN ZOROASTRIANISM
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HEALTH
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SUFFERING AND SANCTMCATION IN CHRISTIANITY
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John R. Hinnells is Professor of Comparative Religion at London University and head of the Department for the Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

The late Roy Porter was professor of the history of medicine at University College, London. His books include The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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