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Healing in the History of Christianity$
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Amanda Porterfield

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.001.0001

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Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine

Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine

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(p.141) 6 Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine
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Healing in the History of Christianity
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Amanda Porterfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0015

The global expansion of Western Christianity coincided with the development of scientific medicine. As scientific discoveries involving asepsis, anesthesia, and infectious disease increased the effectiveness of Western medicine, medical missions became increasingly useful as a means of showing the positive benefits of Christianity and to emulate the compassion of Jesus and his healing ministry.

Keywords:   Western Christianity, scientific medicine, scientific discoveries, Western medicine, medical missions, healing

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