Do You Believe In?
Special, Guest-Edited Issue on Religion, Healing, ad Public Health
can't hide from religion in Georgia. If you don't go after it with
a positive agenda, it will come after you."
Director, Interfaith Health Program
understand our patients fully, we need to understand their beliefs,
or we will not be effective as their healers."
Lori Arviso Alvord,
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Student Affairs,
Dartmouth Medical School
Perspectives on Health and Healing
Can Science and Religion Work Together?
A three-pronged approach to health, healing, and spirituality
P. Venugopala Rao, Associate Professor of Physics
Carla Gober, Registered Nurse and Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Division
and Modern Medicine
Science on a wing and prayer?
Patient and Healer
Four anthropological observations
from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the University
of California at Berkeley enabled a three-pronged approach to an
integrated exploration of health, healing, and spirituality in the
2002-2003 academic year at Emory. This integrated model allows for
interdisciplinary faculty development, direct student benefit, and
a public forum in which to synthesize and explore the ideas and
projects developed throughout the year.
•Weekly seminar Faculty and graduate students
read and discussed healing and religion from a variety of perspectives,
including anthropological, public health, medical, biological,
theological, sociological, historical,and cross-cultural.
course The faculty/graduate student seminar inspired ideas
and materials for an upper-level course on Mind, Medicine, and Healing.
Students will present their research projects from the course at
a public symposium in April.
• Symposium Several authors whose work was
read both in the seminar and the undergraduate course will come
to Emory for a two-day symposium in April. Students will present
their own work and continue discourse already begun with these writers