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I. Terminology – II. History – III. Medicine Today – IV. Bible – V. Medicine and Religion

I. Terminology

The word medicine dervies from Latin medicina, strictly speaking an adjective modifying ars but also used independently as a noun (medicina, -ae, fem.); the phase means “the art of healing” and is thus the Latin equivalent of Greek τέχνη ἰατρική/téchnē iatrikḗ. The term indicates that before medicine became the domain of a university faculty in the…

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Neumann, Josef N., Lührmann, Dieter, Potter, Paul, Kottek, Samuel, Efron, John M. and Richter-Bernburg, Lutz, “Medicine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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