Most medical schools in the United States (such as Harvard University) try to provide an academic answer to the question of “How religion in collaboration with public health and everyday medicine could provide relief from illness and promote human well-being?” During the last years, leading medical journals report that “religiousness can be therapeutic” (Lancet), and wonder whether “doctors should prescribe religious practices?” (NEJM), and recommend “taking each patient’s spiritual history” (Mayo Clinic Proc), and also noting that “today’s physicians overlook the spiritual dimension when dealing with the health of others or even with their own” (JAMA). In Europe, and also in Greece, a discussion to change the current trend that wants medical science separate from religion and the Church has not yet begun.
The interactive course “Health and Religion”, which starts on November 4th, 2021 and ends on June 30th, 2022, aims to raise awareness among medical students, doctors of all ages and specialties, and of anyone interested in the therapeutic role that religiousness has for our health. During the course, we will examine how Medicine and Theology can come closer for the good of patients but also doctors.
Professors of Medicine from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke, well-known Greek theologians and doctors agreed to participate in this online discussion, in which everyone is invited, health workers, theologians, priests, etc. Modern technology and the Internet, will allow “live” participation , and the possibility of asking questions, but also the ability to watch lectures at a later time. The course is organized by Prolepsis institute , in collaboration with the Scientific Society of Hellenic Medical Students, and under the auspices of the Athens Medical School.
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
Lecturer Harvard Medical School