Atheism in medicine
The University of Chicago Chronicle reported in 2005 concerning American doctors:
|“||The first study of physician religious beliefs has found that 76 percent of doctors believe in God and 59 percent believe in some sort of afterlife. The survey, performed by researchers at the University and published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that 90 percent of doctors in the United States attend religious services at least occasionally, compared to 81 percent of all adults. Fifty-five percent of doctors say their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine.||”|
Below are articles related to atheism in medicine.
- 1 Atheism and unsound medical practices
- 2 Atheist hospitals
- 3 Religious hospitals vs. secular hospitals: Quality of care
- 4 Atheist doctors
- 5 Atheism and infanticide
- 6 Atheism and abortion
- 7 Atheism and health
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Atheism and unsound medical practices
Atheist hospitals, meaning hospitals created by people who believe there is no creator God, do indeed exist although their quality tends to be lower than those created by agnostics and the religious. Particularly substandard are those in Cuba, which are perennially underfunded, poorly stocked and often are unsanitary. Mental hospitals in the Soviet Union were used to persecute believers.
Even though many hospitals do not actively push a religious viewpoint on their patients and staff, almost all of them were funded and founded by those whose faith and religious beliefs pushed them to help those in need.
Atheist hospitals in China
Atheist hospital in Vietnam
Atheist hospitals in Cuba
Atheist hospitals in North Korea
North Korea practices state atheism. The World Health Organization said about North Korea's health care system, "challenges remained, including poor infrastructure, a lack of equipment, malnutrition and a shortage of medicines."
Atheist mental hospitals in the Soviet Union
Religious hospitals vs. secular hospitals: Quality of care
According to the Acton Institute:
|“|| Thomson Reuters has issued a new report that shows church-run hospitals provide better quality care more efficiently than other secular hospitals.
Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, says, “Our data suggest that the leadership of health systems owned by churches may be the most active in aligning quality goals and monitoring achievement of mission across the system.”
Quality of care in hospitals by religious affiliation
See also: Atheist doctors
CBS News reported: "According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4,000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to hasten the end of life."
Atheism and infanticide
See also: Atheism and infanticide
Below are articles on atheism and infanticide:
Atheism, evolutionism and infanticide
See also: Atheism and evolution
Atheism and abortion
See: Abortion and atheism
Atheism and health
- Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
- Survey on physicians’ religious beliefs shows majority faithful , University of Chicago Chronicle
- WHO Endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine. Expect Deaths To Rise by Steven Salzberg, Forbes magazine
- The Cry of the New Martyrs - Psychiatric “Treatment” of Christians
- World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia. Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved on 2011-03-05. “North Korea is officially an atheist state in which almost the entire population is nonreligious.”
- "Aid agencies row over North Korea health care system", BBC News, 10 July 2010.
- The Superiority of Christian Hospitals by JORDAN J. BALLOR • August 17, 2010, Acton Institute website
- MedicineNet.com http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3966.