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The Meanings Of Health And Illness: Medicine, Religion And The Body

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The object of scientific study of medicine is the physical body. To treat the human being is to recognise they way in which their world view inscribes the body with value, and makes illness and health meaningful. This chapter talks about the secular state and debates in medical ethics; religion, belief and the body; conceiving the body; the sacred in western medicine; the social and spiritual body; negotiating medicine, healing and religious belief; and virtue, health, and the state. The approach to the body is that of the individual, limited organism, and our approach to religious values is an example of the privatisation of religious belief to a preference. The objective of this book is to broaden these horizons. This book addresses this issue through presenting different disciplinary and religious perspectives to medicine, religion, and the ethics of illness and well-being.

Keywords: body; ethics of illness; ethics of wellbeing; healing and religious belief; health; medical ethics; western medicine



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