Tag Archives: Religion

Science versus religion: the medieval disenchantment

JMS Pearce Hull, England   Fig 1. An engraving showing a monopod or sclapod, a female Cyclops, conjoined twins, a blemmye, and a cynocephali. By Sebastian Münster 1544. Source History is a novel whose author is the people. -Alfred de Vigny (1797-1863)   In medieval times, knowledge, beliefs, and faith were largely centered upon a […]

The big question

Monica Maalouf Chicago, Illinois, USA   Open Heart, painting by Monica Maalouf “Doctor, why are we here?” I had just finished answering her questions about her insulin dosing and was crouched down, examining her foot rash, when I looked up at Mrs. Syed, feebly trying to mask my annoyance. “Well, these are just the rooms […]

Intersection of faith and science in Garcia-Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons

Sualeha Siddiq Shekhani Karachi, Pakistan   St. Benedict Exorcising a Demon. Simone Cantarini. c. 1630s. Philadelphia Museum of Art. “If the swords of past conflicts are beaten into plowshares, and if taboos regarding the discussion of religion can be overcome, both medicine and religion can learn constructively from each other.”1 The opposition of reason and […]

Mixing medicine – religion and science

Aneesa Bodiat South Africa   A variety of dates, delicious fresh or as a dried fruit, are grown in desert areas. The ameer chewed on the dry date my husband had presented to him, saying a prayer and then placing the chewed fruit back into the container, sealing it for use in a few days […]

Is it ethical to bring religion into medicine?

Patrick Guinan Chicago,  Illinois, USA   Over 200 years ago Voltaire wrote that one half of metaphysics was known to everybody and that the other half will never be known. It is by no means certain that ethics has yet reached the same high degree of development. At the beginnings of recorded history, the priests […]

The Gross Clinic as religious painting: Eakins, affect, and anatomy

Adam R. Shapiro Cambridge, MA   The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons Thomas Eakins’s 1875 painting The Gross Clinic has long been considered one of the great works of nineteenth-century American art. Yet its depiction of a surgical demonstration by Dr. Samuel D. Gross and his colleagues at Jefferson Medical […]