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Alexander and Selesnick 1966). The Jewish concern with humanitarian aspects of medicine and psychiatry has a long history. , there was a hospital in Jerusalem solely for the mentally ill (Alexander and Selesnick 1966). Jewish physicians made early contributions to psychiatry, including Asaph in the sixth or seventh century and Donnolo in the 10th century (Miller 1975). Both were dependent on the humoral theories of Hippocrates and Galen but rejected magical causes of illness. Maimonides, in the 12th century, made contributions to medicine by describing the anatomy of the brain and psychiatric disorders.

27 28 PSYCHIATRY AND RELIGION Given the renewed interest of the medical profession in relations between religion (or “spirituality”), medicine, and psychiatry, an exploration of the interplay between religion and psychiatry has become a timely theoretical—as well as pragmatic—issue. After decades in which scientific skepticism and Freudian disapproval have kept religion at a polite distance from medicine, a door between the two fields has opened (Condon 1995). As noted in Chapter 9 of this volume, guidelines for the teaching of the importance of religion and spirituality in clinical practice have been incorporated in new accreditation guidelines for psychiatry residency training programs.

Like science, religious thought is also grounded in that evolutionary attribute—the ability to “make” a world (Goodman 1978)—but it is programmed by essentially different premises. In the case of religion, that “world” is constructed not of what presumably is, but of what could or might be—a subjunctive world, a world of myth and imagination, of “ . . if only it were the case that . . ” Existential beliefs are assertions about the nature of the empirical world based on investigation of that world—about what is—whereas normative beliefs are assertions about what should be, ought to be, and is wished to be (Northrop 1949, pp.

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