Religion and Medicine: Healing the Body and Soul from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day

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Date / time
Date(s) - 15 July - 16 July
12:00 am

Birkbeck, University of London


Organisers: Katherine Harvey, John Henderson and Carmen Mangion

In the contemporary Western world, religion and medicine are increasingly separated, but through much of history they have been closely interrelated. This relationship has been characterised by some conflict, but also by a great deal of cooperation. Religious perspectives have informed both the understanding of and approaches to health and sickness, whilst religious personnel have frequently been at the forefront of medical provision. Religious organisations were, moreover, often at the heart of the response to medical emergencies, and provided key healing environments, such as hospitals and pilgrimage sites.

This two-day conference will explore the relationship between religion and medicine in the historic past, ranging over a long chronological framework and a wide geographical span. For more details, including programme and registration information, please visit our website: or email us at