In recent years there have been major outbreaks of whooping cough among children in California, mumps in New York, and measles in Ohio's Amish country - despite the fact that these are all vaccine-preventable diseases. Although America is the most medically advanced place in the world, many people disregard modern medicine in favor of using their faith to fight life-threatening illnesses. In 21st-century America, how could this be happening?
Acclaimed physician and author Dr. Paul Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children, whose devastating experiences highlight the tangled relationship between religion and medicine in America. Religious or not, this issue reaches everyone - whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers.
Replete with vivid storytelling and complex, compelling characters, Bad Faith makes a strenuous case that denying medicine to children in the name of religion isn't just unwise and immoral but a rejection of the very best aspects of what belief itself has to offer.
"Offit masterfully points out that the denial of medicine in the name of religion actually rejects the basic teaching of religious faith." (Library Journal)
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A must read
- Jodi B "J-man's mommy"
Religion is Not Medicine
Excellent - truth be told it was my first time listening to an audio book - I've read other books by Paul Offit so I knew what to expect as far as information but it was great to be able to listen to it and do something else at the same time.
This is not a novel so the whole thing should be memorable to anyone who listens to it.
Mostly the ability to listen - the narration is very good and is similar in style to the way I would have read it myself. His voice is clear and easy to listen to.
Religion has played a part in the deaths and horrible pain and suffering of too many children with impunity in this country. Religion and medicine can coexist, but one cannot be substituted for the other. Education on this topic should be an imperative to anyone who cares for a child, whether they practice religion or not given the disgraceful lack of factual knowledge among many Americans.
- Kate Kessner