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Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine


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While the modern science of medicine often seems nothing short of miraculous, religion still plays an important role in the past and present of many hospitals. When three-quarters of Americans believe that God can cure people who have been given little or no chance of survival by their doctors, how do todayandrsquo;s technologically sophisticated health care organizations address spirituality and faith?
Through a combination of interviews with nurses, doctors, and chaplains across the United States and close observation of their daily routines, Wendy Cadge takes readers inside major academic medical institutions to explore how todayandrsquo;s doctors and hospitals address prayer and other forms of religion and spirituality.and#160; From chapels to intensive care units to the morgue, hospital caregivers speak directly in these pages about how religion is part of their daily work in visible and invisible ways. In Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, Cadge shifts attention away from the ongoing controversy about whether faith and spirituality should play a role in health care and back to the many ways that these powerful forces already function in healthcare today.

About the Author

Wendy Cadge is associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University and the author of Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America,also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. In the Beginningand#8212;A Tour

Chapter 2. Looking Back: Glimpses of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Academic Medical Centers

Chapter 3. From Symbols to Silence: The Design and Use of Hospital Chapels

Chapter 4. Wholeness, Presence, and Hope: The Perspectives of Hospital Chaplains

Chapter 5. Essential or Optional? How Hospitals Shape the Professional Tasks of Chaplains

Chapter 6. Spirituality and Religion in Intensive Care: Staffand#8217;s Perspectives and Professional Responses

Chapter 7. Why Sickness and Death? Religion and Spirituality in the Ways Intensive Care Unit Staff Make Meaning

Chapter 8. Managing Death: The Personal and Institutional and#8220;Dirty Workand#8221; of Chaplains

Chapter 9. Conclusion: Looking Forward

Appendix: Research Methods




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Cadge, Wendy
University of Chicago Press
Hospital Administration & Care
Religion Comparative-General
Religion World-Religion and Science
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