Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine


In fresh years, there were significant outbreaks of whooping cough between young ones in California, mumps in manhattan, and measles in Ohio’s Amish country—despite the truth that those are all vaccine-preventable ailments. even if the United States is the main medically complex position on this planet, many of us fail to remember smooth medication in prefer of utilizing their religion to struggle existence threatening health problems. Christian Scientists pray for therapeutic rather than going to the healthcare professional, Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish mohels unfold herpes through the use of a primitive ritual to wash the wound. Tragically, youngsters endure and die each year from treatable illnesses, and in such a lot states it really is felony for folks to disclaim their teenagers deal with non secular purposes. In twenty-first century the USA, how may perhaps this be happening?

In Bad Faith, acclaimed health practitioner and writer Dr. Paul Offit provides readers a never-before-seen check out the minds of these who decide to medically martyr themselves, or their kids, within the identify of faith. Offit chronicles the tales of those devoted and their youngsters, whose devastating stories spotlight the tangled courting among faith and drugs in the USA. spiritual or no longer, this factor reaches everyone—whether you're looking therapy at a Catholic medical institution or attempting to retain your children secure from ailments unfold by way of their unvaccinated peers.

Replete with bright storytelling and intricate, compelling characters, Bad Faith makes a strenuous case that denying drugs to childrens within the identify of faith isn’t simply unwise and immoral, yet a rejection of some of the best facets of what trust itself has to offer.

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