inception, medicine was linked with religious beliefs and practices. A
great number of religions continue to have teachings and practices that
impact healthcare yet today. Frequently these teachings involve ethical
injunctions. As America becomes increasingly multi-cultural (there are more
Muslims than Episcopalians in the US), doctors need to be sensitive to the
impact of religious culture on their patients. But physicians must be
careful not to stereotype various religions or their practitioners. This
course will examine (1) ways of understanding religion from the perspective
of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and theology, (2)questions about
whether religion and medicine should be linked, (3) evidence of the
potential benefits of religion to human health, (4)practices and beliefs of
major world religions regarding health, medicine, and ethics, and (5)
strategies for respectful clinical interactions with patients and families.
Caring and Curing: Health and Medicine in the Western Religious Traditions
by Ronald L. Numbers and Darrel W. Amundsen
Initially the class will involve
lecture presentation, discussion, and case studies. It will evolve into a
seminar with students making presentations on subjects related to
cross-cultural religious/ethical issues in medicine. Weekly reading will be
required as well as participation in discussions, and making one class
assumed that all participants will complete the assignments and attend each
class (unless contacting the instructor prior to an absence). Therefore it
is also assumed that everyone will pass the class.
final presentation will be a paper, to be given to the seminar, on a topic
approved by the instructor. This presentation/paper should focus on an
issue that combines religion, medicine, ethics, and medical practice.
Assignment: Write your own definition of religion to share in class.
A brief history of Religion and Medicine
Belief Systems and worldviews
21st:Should Religion and Medicine be Linked? Assignment:
Read the article that will be emailed prior to class.
28th: Potential Problems when Religion and Medicine are Linked
Pluralism: An Introduction to World Religions
12th: Variety in Judaism
19th: Roman Catholicism
October 26th: Mainline Protestantism
Assignment: make a presentation about one of the mainline protestant