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Is Religion Good for Your Health?: The Effects of Religion on Physical and Mental Health (Haworth Religion and Mental Health) [Paperback]

By Harold G Koenig (Author)
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Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.39" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 1997
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0789002299  
EAN  9780789002297  

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Is Religion Good for Your Health? takes you deep into the heart of the ageless debate on the importance of religion and faith to physical and mental health. On the one hand, you will learn about important research findings from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intervention studies that have demonstrated positive effects of religious belief on both mental and physical health. On the other hand, you will learn how the vast clinical experiences of leading health experts suggest that religion can have negative effects on health. Integral to the book 's exploration of the relationship between health and religion are the trends that have occurred in society over the last century. You will learn about significant demographic changes, changes in health and health care, and shifts in values, attitudes, and religious conviction, all of which have direct implications for health care providers, the clergy, the "baby boomers," and older adults. From Author Harold Koenig, a leading expert on religion and health who has frequently been interviewed by major broadcasting networks such as ABC, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, CBS, and "Ivanhoe Broadcast News," you will also learn about: pathological uses of religion the need for cooperation and collaboration between health and religious professionals studies on the relationship of religious beliefs and practice to physical conditions such as blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer links between religious behavior and depression, anxiety, and drug use the waning of religion 's influence in America first-hand accounts from patients who have faced painful and/or life-threatening illnessAs Is Religion Good for Your Health? analyzes the pathological aspects of religion, you will begin to understand how religious beliefs have the capacity to strongly influence people 's lives and their health, whether positively or negatively. Health care providers, public policy experts, religious professionals, medical researchers, and medical students will find the book 's overview of the issues at stake, particularly the implications for our public health care system, crucial to the advancement of health care practice into the next century.

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Harold G. Koenig, MD completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is also director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation. He has given invited testimony to both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on the role of religion in public health.

Harold G. Koenig was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke Univ Medical Ctr, Durham, NC, USA Duke University Medical Center,.

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Health Care Perspective  Aug 16, 2007
Working in the Health Care field, I try to help individuals cope with chronic health conditions as well as empower them to live life to the fullest. This book provides an excellent bird's eye view of how we all use different methods to help us cope and live high quality lives. For too long the healthcare field has not paid enough attention to a person's spirit. If you are unhappy, it affects your ability to care for yourself physically. A healthy spirit can make a large difference in your self care abilities.
Very good book  Mar 4, 2000
Koenig's book has the rare quality of being both readable and scientific. He presents credible data showing how religion benefits people's mental and physical health. This approach is quite unlike the anti-scientific rant of anti-religious treatises like Wendell Watters' book Deadly Doctrine, which relies mainly on anecdotal evidence, personal bias, and theoretical speculation. Instead, Koenig uses controlled studies to prove his points. I'd give him a few extra brownie points for managing to show a Christian attitude to people like Watters, whom I find maddening.
I was surprised by what I read in this book.  Dec 4, 1998
The research is surprising. What we mental health professionals have been presuming for all these years seems false! Religion, according to this author, does appear to have benefits. I'd like to read more about this area.

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