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Author Badaracco, Claire.

Title Prescribing faith : medicine, media, and religion in American culture / Claire Hoertz Badaracco
Published Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 264 pages) : illustrations, portrait
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-247) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Alternative medicine -- United States -- History.
Health in mass media.
Mass media -- Religious aspects.
Medicine -- Religious aspects.
Spiritual healing -- United States -- History.
Complementary Therapies -- history.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Mass Media -- history.
Religion and Medicine.
Spiritual Therapies -- history.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281162116
1602580758 (electronic bk.)
9781602580756 (electronic bk.)