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Ministry & Meaning : A Religious History of Catholic Health Care in the United States - Christopher J. Kauffman

Ministry & Meaning

A Religious History of Catholic Health Care in the United States

Hardcover Published: 30th May 1995
ISBN: 9780824514594
Number Of Pages: 384

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This is the first comprehensive study to explore the religious self-understanding of caregivers, particularly women religious whose ministry was manifested in public and private facilities, in times of epidemics and war, in cities and on the frontier, in railroad and mining-camp hospitals.

With an emphasis upon their contexts Christopher J. Kauffman scrutinizes such historical spheres as the history of medicine, religious pluralism, ethnicity, the Catholic Health Association, and the modernization processes affecting church and health care.

With a sensitivity to the significance of racism, sexism, anti-Catholicism, and nativism, as well as the influence of popular Catholicity, Kauffman locates the meanings of the ministry at the dynamic intersections of religion and culture.

Introduction: Exploring the Boundariesp. 1
Prologue: The European Traditionsp. 11
The Maryland Experience, 1634-1850p. 27
Epidemics: Responses to the Cholera 1832-1850p. 50
Catholic Benevolencep. 64
Catholic Nurses in the Civil Warp. 82
The Frontier Experiencep. 96
The Convergence of Subcultures: Medical, Religious, and Ethnic, 1890-1915p. 129
National Structures and Hospital Standardizationp. 168
Illness and Popular Devotionp. 193
Catholic Idealism: Hospitals, Physicians, Nursesp. 213
Transitions in Church, Society, and Health Care, 1948-1965p. 249
Religious Renewal, Lay Ministry, and the CHAp. 280
Epilogue: Crisis, Reform, and Missionp. 301
Notesp. 311
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780824514594
ISBN-10: 0824514599
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.95  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.63

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