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Medicine, Religion, and Health


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Table of Contents

Introduction / 3

Chapter 1: Terms of the Debate / 9

Chapter 2: Medicine in the Twenty-first Century / 21

Chapter 3: From Mind to Body / 37

Chapter 4: Religion and Health / 54

Chapter 5: Mental Health / 68

Chapter 6: The Immune and Endocrine Systems / 82

Chapter 7: The Cardiovascular System / 96

Chapter 8: Diseases Related to Stress and Behavior / 113

Chapter 9: Longevity / 129

Chapter 10: Physical Disability / 146

Chapter 11: Clinical Applications / 156

Chapter 12: Final Thoughts / 172

Appendix: Further Resources / 175

Notes / 195

Index / 227

About the Author

Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.


"Dr. Koenig's lifelong research success fully bridges the chasm between health and well-being on the one side, and religion and spirituality on the other. In so doing, we are given scientifically based guidelines that allow us to be happier and more-fulfilled." -- Herbert Benson, M.D.

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