When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children, and the Law (Hardcover)

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Relying on religious traditions that are as old as their faith itself, many devout Christians turn to prayer rather than medicine when their children fall victim to illness or injury. Faith healers claim that their practices are effective in restoring health - more effective, they say, than modern medicine. But, over the past century, hundreds of children have died after being denied the basic medical treatments furnished by physicians because of their parents' intense religious beliefs. The tragic deaths of these youngsters have received intense scrutiny from both the news media and public authorities seeking to protect the health and welfare of children.

About the Author

Shawn Francis Peters teaches writing and U.S. history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Product Details
ISBN: 9780195306354
ISBN-10: 019530635X
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 14th, 2007
Pages: 272
Language: English