The Link between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor

Hardcover | December 15, 2001

EditorHarold G. Koenig, Harvey J. Cohen

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This book is the first to present new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and to examine the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. The distinguished list of contributors examine a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious faith and behavior. PNI studies the relationships between mental states and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the issues it focuses upon are how mental states, ingeneral, and belief states, in particular, affect physical health. The contributors argue that religious involvement and belief can affect certain neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms, and that these mechanisms, in turn, susceptibility to cancer and recovery following surgery. This volume isessential reading for those interested in the relationship between religion and health.

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This book is the first to present new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and to examine the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. The distinguished list of contributors examine a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious fai...

Harvey J. Cohen and Harold Koening are both at Duke University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.18 inPublished:December 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195143604

ISBN - 13:9780195143607

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ContributorsHarold G. Koenig and Harvey Jay Cohen: Introduction1. Harold G. Koenig: The Connection between Psychoneuroimmunology and Religion2. George F. Solomon: The Development and History of Psychoneuroimmunology3. Bruce S. Rabin: Understanding How Stress Affects the Physical Body4. Ronald B. Herberman: Stress, Natural Killer Cells, and Cancer5. David Spiegel and Fawzy I. Fawzy: Psychosocial Interventions and Prognosis in Cancer6. Sheldon Cohen: Psychosocial Stress, Social Networks, and Susceptibility to Infection7. Harold G. Koenig and Harvey Jay Cohen: Psychosocial Factors, Immunity, and Wound Healing8. Gail Ironson and Neil Schneiderman Patients: Psychosocial Factors, Spirituality/Religiousness, and Immune Function in HIV/AIDS Patients9. Redford B. Williams: Hostility, Neuroendocrine Changes, and Health Outcomes10. Harold G. Koenig and Harvey Jay Cohen: Psychological Stress and Autoimmune Disease11. Bruce S. Rabin and Harold G. Koenig: Immune, Neuroendocrine, and Religious Measures12. Paul J. Griffiths: Psychoneuroimmunology and Eastern Religious Traditions13. Warren S. Brown: Psychoneuroimmunology and Western Religious Traditions14. Howard L. Kaye: Psychoneuroimmunology and Religion: Implications for Society and Culture15. Harvey Jay Cohen and Harold G. Koenig: Avenues for Future ResearchHarold G. Koenig: ConclusionsIndex