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The Link Between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor

Harold G. Koenig and Harvey J. Cohen

Abstract

This book presents new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and examines the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. It examines a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious faith and behavior. PNI studies the relationships between mental states and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the issues explored are how mental states in general and belief states in particular affect physical health. The book argues that religious involvement and belief can affect certain neuroendoc ... More

Keywords: religion, health, religious traditions, psychoneuroimmunology, mental states, nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, cancer, belief states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143607.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold G. Koenig, author
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Harvey J. Cohen, author
both at Duke University Medical Center

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