Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine
Richard Sloan, Ph.D.
St. Martin’s Press, November 2006
A majority of Americans now believe that prayer and other religious activities can help people recover from illness, prevent disease entirely and even act as viable substitutes for well-established medical treatments. “Blind Faith” debunks the view that religion is good for your health and shows how attempts to link religion and medicine can actually cause harm. While Dr. Sloan does not dispute the fact that religion can bring a sense of comfort in difficult times, he demonstrates that there is no compelling evidence that it provides an actual cure for any ailment. He views money spent on studies of the medical benefits of religious activities as competition, drawing support away from research on real cures developed by sound science.
Dr. Sloan is professor of behavioral medicine (in psychiatry) at CUMC.
When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine
Barron Lerner, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2006
Why do stories of celebrity illness have such a powerful influence on patient decision-making? Why do patients and their families often put more faith in the case of an individual famous patient than in randomized controlled trials? How does the media both report and distort the facts of famous medical cases? Dr. Lerner answers these questions and more in “When Illness Goes Public,” in which he tells the stories of 13 famous patients diagnosed and treated over the past 75 years. Dr. Lerner separates science from the mythologized celebrity, bravely battling illness.
Dr. Lerner is associate professor of medicine and sociomedical sciences in the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine.
Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Third Edition
Edited by Edward Shortliffe M.D., Ph.D., and James Cimino, M.D.
Springer, May 2006
Modern medicine requires sophisticated information technologies with which to manage patient information, plan diagnostic procedures, interpret laboratory results, and conduct research. “Biomedical Informatics” fills the need for a high quality text in computers and medicine and meets the growing demand by practitioners, researchers, and students for a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the field.
Dr. Shortliffe is the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Cimino is professor of biomedical informatics