Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157185
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850389 | DOI:
Christianity and the Global Development of Scientific Medicine

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The global expansion of Western Christianity coincided with the development of scientific medicine. As scientific discoveries involving asepsis, anesthesia, and infectious disease increased the effectiveness of Western medicine, medical missions became increasingly useful as a means of showing the positive benefits of Christianity and to emulate the compassion of Jesus and his healing ministry.

Keywords: Western Christianity; scientific medicine; scientific discoveries; Western medicine; medical missions; healing

Chapter.  7607 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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