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Psychiatry in scripture: sacred texts and psychopathology

Cook, C.C.H.

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The engagement of psychiatry with religion is increasingly important for better understanding of the ways in which religious people find resources to cope with mental disorder. An example of how a more critical and constructive engagement might be achieved is found in the psychiatric literature on sacred texts. Articles which engage with the alleged psychopathology of the 6th-century BC Hebrew prophet Ezekiel are examined as an example of this and proposals are made for a more critical yet sensitive and constructive future debate.


Cook, C. (2012). Psychiatry in scripture: sacred texts and psychopathology. The psychiatrist, 36(6), 225-229.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2012
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2015
Journal Psychiatrist
Print ISSN 1758-3209
Electronic ISSN 1758-3217
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 6
Pages 225-229


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