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Bad Faith

Un libro in lingua di Offit Paul A. M.D. edito da Basic Books, 2015

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Though the United States is the most medically advanced country in the world, the miracles of modern medicine are useless for the surprisingly large number of religious fundamentalists who rely instead on the healing power of their faith. From Orthodox Jews spreading herpes to children at circumcisions, to Christian Scientists and members of many other sects watching their children die of untreated diseases, to people who treat autism and other mental conditions as calls for exorcism that sometimes turn deadly, many American children suffer and die needlessly every year because their parents’ religion favors medically dangerous practices.

In Bad Faith, Dr. Paul Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children, whose devastating experiences highlight the uneasy relationship between religion and medicine in America. Replete with vivid storytelling and complex, compelling characters, Bad Faith makes a strenuous case that denying medicine to children in the name of religion isn’t just unwise and immoral, but a rejection of the very best aspects of what belief itself has to offer.

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