in The Link Between Religion and Health

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143607
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893256 | DOI:

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On July 12 1999, twelve of the world's leading psychoneuroimmunologists, theologians and physicians gathered at Duke University to discuss the effects of stress on the immune system and to see how this knowledge might inform us about the religion-health relationship. The Duke conference, entitled “Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor in Human Health”, became the first attempt to examine the possibility that religious involvement might affect physical health through neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms. This book not only documents the discussions in the Duke conference but also expands them to include more detailed and thoughtful consideration of the connection between psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and the religion-health relationship. It looks at how stress affects the physical body, the role of stress in cancer, the link between psychosocial factors and wound healing, the relationship between psychological stress and autoimmune disease, and the implications of the PNI-religion link for society and culture.

Keywords: psychoneuroimmunology; stress; immune system; cancer; psychosocial factors; wound healing; autoimmune disease

Chapter.  2148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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