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Books, Journals, New Media
July 25, 2001

Religion and Health: Handbook of Religion and Health

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(4):465-466. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.465

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.