Health and Nutrition in the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha
First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #48
Center for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 10–13, 2003
(see list of papers from #48)
This paper will survey 'Abdu'l-Bahá's writings on medicine and health.
It will discuss the teachings on a number of interesting and diverse areas including:
It will then explore the context of these concepts in relation to the medical thinking of the time and in particular to the practice of medicine in Iran.
- the importance of health for spiritual development
- the material and spiritual significance of life and death
- the role of food in health, and the prevention and treatment of disease
- the effect of prayer in health and disease
- the use of animals for scientific research
- the different types of treatment modalities
- the responsibility of both doctors and patients
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