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Religion And Health   By: (1865-1942)

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[Transcriber's Notes] Page numbers in this book are indicated by numbers enclosed in curly braces, e.g. {99}. They have been located where page breaks occurred in the original book.

This book is derived from a copy on the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/religionandheal02walsgoog

Obvious spelling or typographical errors have been corrected. Inconsistent spelling of names and inventive and alternative spelling is left as printed.

Extended quotations and citations are indented such as reports, letters and interviews. [End Transcriber's Notes]

RELIGION AND HEALTH

BY

JAMES J. WALSH, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D. etc.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIOLOGY, PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, CATHEDRAL COLLEGE LECTURER ON PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY, MARYWOOD COLLEGE, SCRANTON, PA., MT. ST. MARY'S, PLAINFIELD, N.J.

BOSTON

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1920

Copyright, 1920 , By Little, Brown, and Company.

All rights reserved Published October, 1920

Norwood Press

Set up and electrotyped by J. S. Cushing Co.,

Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

To

HIS EMINENCE JAMES CARDINAL GIBBONS

AN EXEMPLAR OF RELIGION AND HEALTH FOR OUR GENERATION

CONTENTS

Page

Introduction 1

CHAPTER

I Can We Still Believe? 8

II Prayer 33

III Sacrifice 59

IV Charity 80

V Fasting and Abstinence 109

VI Holydays and Holidays 120

VII Recreation and Dissipation 132

VIII Mortification 147

IX Excesses 168

X Purity 184

XI Insanity 205

XII Nervous Disease 217

XIII Dreads 234

XIV Suffering 254

XV Pain 265

XVI Suicide and Homicide 277

XVII Longevity 294

XVIII The Bible and Health 306

XIX Health and Religion 319

Index 333

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RELIGION AND HEALTH

INTRODUCTION

Physicians are agreed that there is no entirely satisfactory definition for health. We all know quite well what we mean when we use the word, but it does not admit of such exact limitations as would make a scientific formulation of its meaning. Religion is another of the words which, in spite of its common use, is extremely difficult to define exactly, and it has often been said that we have no definition that will satisfy all those who profess religion and certainly not all those who have made a study of it from the standpoint of the science of theology. As is true of health, each of us knows pretty thoroughly what we mean when we use the word, though our definitely formulated signification for it might not meet with the approval of others, especially of those who are exacting in their requirements. With the two principal words in the title incapable of exact definition, it might seem that the subject matter of this book would be rather vague at best and unpromising in practical significance. But all this indefiniteness is in theory. There are no two words in the language that are more used than health and religion, none that are less vague in practice and no two subjects have a wider appeal or a more paramount interest. The linking them together for discussion in common because of their mutual influence will serve to {2} throw light on both of them and undoubtedly help toward a better understanding of each.

Ordinarily the most satisfactory definition of a word can be obtained from its etymology. Unfortunately in the matter of religion there is a very old time division of opinion as to the derivation of the word which makes etymology of less definite significance than usual. Cicero suggested that religio came from relegere , to go through or over again in reading, speech or thought, as prayers and religious observances generally are repeated... Continue reading book >>




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