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World Religions for Healthcare Professionals

© 2010 – Routledge

180 pages

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Paperback: 9780789038135
pub: 2009-07-29

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World Religions for Healthcare Professionals provides healthcare professionals with a basic knowledge of health beliefs and practices in world religions such as American Indian Religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism as well as selected new religious movements. It explores how various religious traditions view sickness, health, birth, and death. Its primary aim is to offer healthcare professionals a greater awareness of beliefs and practices so that they will be better informed in providing effective care to patients from various religious backgrounds. Many deeply controversial bioethics issues such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and stem cell research are also addressed in this volume from the perspectives of world religions.

Written in a user-friendly fashion and easy to reference, this book is suitable for all health practitioners and organized in a way that will make it easy to search and learn basic applications.


'At a time when religious diversity increases daily, this book provides healthcare workers with a valuable resource. It not only introduces them to the health-related beliefs and practices of the major world religions but serves as a handy guide to healthcare etiquette.' Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin, USA

'World Religions for Healthcare Professionals is a sensitive, engaging, and deeply informative book that offers new insights to those who thought they understood the world's great religious traditions, as well as an orientation for those who have given little attention to matters of religion and health up till now. The consistent pattern in each chapter makes the book eminently accessible. It is a book to be read from beginning to end, and then consulted whenever the reader encounters persons from a tradition other than theirs - an invaluable resource.' David A. Hogue, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, USA

Table of Contents

1. Multi-Religious Approach: Basic Principles, Ernie Bursey 2. Native Americans, Carla Gober 3. Hinduism, Trivikramreddy Tirumala 4. Buddhism, Somporn Kantharadussadee Triamchaisri and Siroj Sorajjakool 5. Chinese Religions (Confucianism and Taoism), Kwang Hee Park 6. Sikhism, Arvind Mandair 7. Islam, Hamid Mavani and Mark Carr 8. Judaism, Rabbi Douglas Kohn 9. Christianity, David Larson 10. Recent Religious Movements in America, Julius Nam Conclusion, John Jones

About the Originator

Siroj Sorajjakool is Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University, USA.

Mark F. Carr is Professor of Christian Bioethics and Director, Loma Linda University, USA.

Julius J. Nam is Associate Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University, USA.

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