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Medicine and Care of the DyingA Modern History$
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Milton J. Lewis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001

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The Religious and the Medical

The Religious and the Medical

(p.10) 1 The Religious and the Medical
Medicine and Care of the Dying

Milton J. Lewis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses and maps the interaction of medicine and religion in the development of hospitals and hospices for the dying. It particularly looks at the significant role played by the nursing nuns—both Catholic and Protestant—during the development of these institutions. The chapter furthermore emphasizes the increase of medical specialties and technologies as hospitals slowly became the main supporters of scientific medicine.

Keywords:   medicine and religion, hospitals and hospices, nursing nuns, medical specialties, scientific medicine

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