The Link Between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor



© 2002 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved. This book presents new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and examines the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. It examines a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious faith and behavior. PNI studies the relationships between mental states and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the issues explored are how mental states in general and belief states in particular affect physical health. The book argues that religious involvement and belief can affect certain neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms, and that these mechanisms, in turn, positively affect a wide variety of health outcomes such as susceptibility to cancer and recovery following surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG; Cohen, HJ

Published Date

  • April 1, 2010

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 316

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780195143607

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143607.001.0001

Citation Source

  • Scopus