Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

Gary B. Ferngren


Drawing on New testomony stories and up to date scholarship at the growth of the Christian church, Gary B. Ferngren offers a accomplished old account of drugs and scientific philanthropy within the first 5 centuries of the Christian period. Ferngren first describes how early Christians understood affliction. He examines the connection of early Christian drugs to the average and supernatural modes of therapeutic present in the Bible. regardless of biblical bills of demonic ownership and brilliant therapeutic, Ferngren argues that early Christians more often than not approved naturalistic assumptions approximately affliction and cared for the ill with clinical wisdom gleaned from the Greeks and Romans. Ferngren additionally explores the origins of clinical philanthropy within the early Christian church. instead of viewing ailment as punishment for sins, early Christians believed that the unwell deserved either scientific information and compassion. whilst they have been being persecuted, Christians cared for the unwell inside of and outdoors in their group. Their lengthy adventure in scientific charity ended in the production of the 1st hospitals, a novel Christian contribution to healthiness care.

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