This third edition of a popular text introduces healthcare students and professionals to a wide range of health beliefs and practices in world religions. Chapters on various religions are written to offer an insider’s view on the religion’s historical development, key beliefs and practices, including ideas of health, sickness, death, and dying. The chapters include case studies, advice on what to do and what to avoid when caring for patients.
Introductory chapters invite the reader to consider the broad context of patient care in pluralistic society and explore one’s personal orientation to others from different religions. How we care for patients from different backgrounds and cultures insists on professional boundaries that the reader may have not yet examined. A new chapter explores the relationship between religion and public health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, asking the reader to consider what morally appropriate balance is required if and when personal faith conflict with public health needs.
Undoubtedly, the sensitivity with which clinicians communicate with patients and make decisions regarding appropriate medical intervention can be greatly increased by an understanding of religious and cultural diversity.
This is a core textbook for students studying healthcare, religion and culture, and an invaluable reference for healthcare professionals.
Chapter One - Introduction
Ernest J. Bursey
Chapter Two - From Conceptual to Concrete
Mark F. Carr and Gerarld R. Winslow
Chapter Three - Religion and Public Health
Andy Lampkin and Mark F. Carr
Chapter Four - American Indian Religions
Carla Gober Park and Roy Kim
Chapter Five - Hinduism
Manoj Shan and Siroj Sorajjakool
Chapter Six - Buddhism
Siroj Sorajjakool and Supaporn Naewbood
Chapter Seven - Jainism
Whitny Braun de Lobaton
Chapter Eight - Chinese Religions
Chapter Nine - Sikhism
Chapter Ten - Islam
Chapter Eleven - Judaism
Chapter Twelve - Christianity
David R. Larson
Chapter Thirteen - Four Distinctive Christian Denominations
Julius J. Nam