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Commentary
August 13/27, 2001

Religion and Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(15):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.15.1811

IN THE BEGINNING, religion and healing were inseparable. In some societies, the priest and physician were one and the same person, administering spiritual and physical healing with divine sanction.1 The advent of scientific medicine in the middle of the 19th century separated medicine from religion nearly completely. A century later, the direct interrelationship between the body and mind became firmly established, although psychosomatic medicine had already been described in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides.2

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