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Modern Medicine

New World Religion


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Put forth in this book is the assertion that medicine is actually ruled by a set of beliefs, myths, and rites of Christianity it has never freed itself from. Supporting this claim are discussions about the ways in which physicians have taken the place of priests, vaccination plays the same role as baptism, the search for health has replaced the quest for salvation, and the hope of physical immortality (cloning and genetic engineering) takes priority over eternal life. This book argues that the medical establishment has become the government’s ally, as the Catholic Church has in the past. “Charlatans” are prosecuted today, as “heretics” were in the past, and dogmatism rules out promising medical theories. It contends that only by becoming aware of how religious beliefs and primitive fears unconsciously influence one’s relationships with medicine can people start walking on the path of freedom, personal responsibility, and individual sovereignty.

Author's Introduction to the English Editionp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Overviewp. xiv
Author's Notep. xxviii
Pasteur: the Good Shepherd, the New Saviorp. 1
The Transposition of the Ideas & Practices of Christianity into Medical Termsp. 13
Original Sin/man's Natural Weaknessp. 14
Evil / Sickness; Good / Health: Everything Comes from the Outsidep. 19
Baptism / Vaccinationp. 24
The Priest / the Doctorp. 30
The Church and its Vows / the Medical Association & the Hippocratic Oathp. 33
Heresy / Charlatanismp. 36
Salvation & Life Everlasting / Health and Physical Immortalityp. 40
Sins, Confession, Repentance / Bad Health Habits, Consultation, Treatmentp. 45
Medicine Messianic & Faustianp. 51
The Eternal Recurrence of Atavistic Fearsp. 61
Conclusionp. 69
Postscriptp. 72
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ISBN: 9781932181142
ISBN-10: 1932181148
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14