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Book Review: Pamela Klassen’s Spirits of Protestantism

Spirits of Protestantism:  Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

By Pamela E. Klassen

University of California Press, 2011

348 pp., US $26.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Wilson Will (Rice University)

Christianity and western medicine share a curious relationship in the social science literature.  Historians (e.g., Porter 2005, Numbers and Amundsen (eds.) 1997, Risse 1999), have long acknowledged the political and epistemic interactions …