Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Harold G. Koenig, Michael E. McCullough, and David B. Larson, 712 pp, $65, ISBN 0-19-511866-9, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2001.
Organization and critique of empirical research on the relationship between religion and health is a monumental task. It is, however, important and eminently useful given the universality of religion in our lives and its influence on our behavior.
The authors, well-regarded researchers in this maturing field, bring to their task a conviction that religion and spirituality generally have positive effects on health. Their analysis of more than 1200 studies and 400 reviews is meticulous and balanced.
Religion and HealthHandbook of Religion and Health. JAMA. 2001;286(4):465-466. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.465