Atheism in medicine

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It is likely that the majority of the world's atheist are East Asians (see: Asian atheism).[1]

In the Traditional Chinese medicine practice of gua sha, the skin is abraded until red spots then bruising cover the area to which it is performed.

The University of Chicago Chronicle reported in 2005 concerning American doctors:

The first study of physician religious beliefs has found that 76 percent of doctors believe in God and 59 percent believe in some sort of afterlife. The survey, performed by researchers at the University and published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that 90 percent of doctors in the United States attend religious services at least occasionally, compared to 81 percent of all adults. Fifty-five percent of doctors say their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine.[2]

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The atheist, communist dictator Mao Zedong revived and heavily promoted Traditional Chinese medicine in China. He didn't believe in it himself, but pushed it as a cheap alternative to real medicine.[3]

Atheism and unsound medical practices

Atheist hospitals

See also: Atheist hospitals and Secular hospitals

Atheist hospitals, meaning hospitals created by people who believe there is no creator God, do indeed exist although their quality tends to be lower than those created by agnostics and the religious. Particularly substandard are those in Cuba, which are perennially underfunded, poorly stocked and often are unsanitary. Mental hospitals in the Soviet Union were used to persecute believers.[4]

Even though many hospitals do not actively push a religious viewpoint on their patients and staff, almost all of them were funded and founded by those whose faith and religious beliefs pushed them to help those in need.

Atheist hospitals in China

See: Atheist hospitals in China

Atheist hospital in Vietnam

See: Atheist hospitals in Vietnam

Atheist hospitals in Cuba

See: Atheist hospitals in Cuba

Atheist hospitals in North Korea

North Korea practices state atheism.[5] The World Health Organization said about North Korea's health care system, "challenges remained, including poor infrastructure, a lack of equipment, malnutrition and a shortage of medicines."[6]

Atheist mental hospitals in the Soviet Union

See: Atheist mental hospitals in the Soviet Union

Religious hospitals vs. secular hospitals: Quality of care

See also: Atheist hospitals and Christianity and hospitals and Secular hospitals

According to the Acton Institute:

Thomson Reuters has issued a new report that shows church-run hospitals provide better quality care more efficiently than other secular hospitals.

Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, says, “Our data suggest that the leadership of health systems owned by churches may be the most active in aligning quality goals and monitoring achievement of mission across the system.”[7]

Quality of care in hospitals by religious affiliation

Atheist doctors

See also: Atheist doctors

CBS News reported: "According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4,000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to hasten the end of life."[8]

Atheism and infanticide

The atheist philosopher Peter Singer defends the practice of bestiality (as well as abortion, infanticide and euthanasia).

Despite holding these immoral views, Princeton University rewarded him with a bioethics chair.[9] See also: Atheism and bestiality

See also: Atheism and infanticide

Infanticide is the practice of killing very young children. An infant has been medically defined as a child too young to speak.[10]

Below are articles on atheism and infanticide:

Atheism, evolutionism and infanticide

See also: Atheism and evolution

Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the evolutionary position which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists and agnostics.[11]

Atheism and abortion

See: Abortion and atheism

Atheism and health

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  1. Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
  2. Survey on physicians’ religious beliefs shows majority faithful , University of Chicago Chronicle
  3. WHO Endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine. Expect Deaths To Rise by Steven Salzberg, Forbes magazine
  4. The Cry of the New Martyrs - Psychiatric “Treatment” of Christians
  5. World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia. Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved on 2011-03-05. “North Korea is officially an atheist state in which almost the entire population is nonreligious.” 
  6. "Aid agencies row over North Korea health care system", BBC News, 10 July 2010. 
  7. The Superiority of Christian Hospitals by JORDAN J. BALLOR • August 17, 2010, Acton Institute website