Author(s)Vanderpool, Harold V.
Science, Technology, and Society
Sociology of Health Care
Philosophy of Medicine
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AbstractAgainst the common assumption that modern medicine is altogether secular and scientific, this article argues that the practice of medicine manifests characteristic features of religion. This exposition is predicated upon a delineation of the phenomenological characteristics of religion and upon a critical analysis of the ways scientific medicine does or does not manifest these characteristics. Insofar as medical practice is unknowingly religious, that practice can cause harm and delusion. An acknowledgment that scientific medicine embodies features of religion is a beginning point for scholarly reflection, criticism, and research from a variety of academic perspectives.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 2008 September; 18(3): 203-234