Medicine, Religion, and the Body

Medicine, Religion, and the Body

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This book explores the ways in which the body is sacred in Western medicine, as well as how this idea is played out in questions of life and death, of the autopsy and of the meanings attributed to illnesses and disease. Ritual and religious modifications to, and limitations on what may be done to the body raise cross cultural issues of great complexity philosophically and theologically, as well as sociologically - within medicine and for health care practitioners, but also, as a matter of primary concern for the patient. The book explores the ways in which medicine organises the moral and the immoral, the sacred and the profane; how it mediates cultural concepts of the sacred of the body, of blood and of life and death.Second, people who have sold kidneys seem to have frequently done so out of sheer desperation, often driven by pressures from family members from whom they have borrowed money, or from money-lenders. In addition, it would appear as if these ... For technical reasons, it is not clear that one could expect what is needed to be given by volunteers. (While volunteers do donate plasma, the process is time-consuming, yet people can give up to twice a week. As there is a premium onanbsp;...

Title:Medicine, Religion, and the Body
Author:Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Kevin White
Publisher:BRILL - 2010


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