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Prescribing faith [electronic resource] : medicine, media, and religion in American culture / Claire Hoertz Badaracco.

By: Badaracco, Claire.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2007Description: 1 online resource (xii, 264 p.) : ill., port.ISBN: 9781602580756 (electronic bk.); 1602580758 (electronic bk.); 1281162116; 9781281162113.Subject(s): Medicine -- Religious aspects | Alternative medicine -- United States -- History | Spiritual healing -- United States -- History | Mass media -- Religious aspects | Health in mass media | Complementary Therapies -- United States -- History | History, 19th Century -- United States | History, 20th Century -- United States | History, 21st Century -- United States | Mass Media -- United States -- History | Religion and Medicine -- United States | Spiritual Therapies -- United States -- History | RELIGION -- Christianity -- General | BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Gaia & Earth Energies | Medicine | Wissenschaftlichkeit | Geistheilung | Kurpfuscherei | Massenmedien | USAGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Prescribing faith.DDC classification: 201/.6610973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
"Man's accidents are God's purposes" : Harvard and heroic cures -- Launching a scientific religion : Christian science and the book -- Measuring prayers : scientific models of religion -- Belief and wellness : medical pluralism and healing -- The medicated public square : advertising science.
Summary: The healing powers of medicine and prayer are often media headlines. Not explored is how media itself has shaped popular ideas about religion and health. Prescribing Faith traces the confluence of medicine, media and religion from mid-nineteenth century American culture to the present day. Badaracco examines how media portrays the relationship between religious faith and medicine, showing that the relationship is one fraught with conflict of interest, controversy, and paradox. Prescribing Faith offers valuable insight into deconstructing religion and medicine as shaped by today's media.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-247) and index.

"Man's accidents are God's purposes" : Harvard and heroic cures -- Launching a scientific religion : Christian science and the book -- Measuring prayers : scientific models of religion -- Belief and wellness : medical pluralism and healing -- The medicated public square : advertising science.

The healing powers of medicine and prayer are often media headlines. Not explored is how media itself has shaped popular ideas about religion and health. Prescribing Faith traces the confluence of medicine, media and religion from mid-nineteenth century American culture to the present day. Badaracco examines how media portrays the relationship between religious faith and medicine, showing that the relationship is one fraught with conflict of interest, controversy, and paradox. Prescribing Faith offers valuable insight into deconstructing religion and medicine as shaped by today's media.

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