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Newman Studies Journal

Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007

John Wayne Love
Pages 31-42

Lessons In Virtue
Nineteenth-Century Lectures And Sermons To English And American Medical Students And Physicians

This article surveys the themes of six nineteenth-century Christian leaders—Frederick Denison Maurice, LaRue Thompson, William Bacon Stevens, John Henry Newman, Flodoardo Howard, and Henry Parry Liddon—in their preaching to medical students and physicians. Usually delivered at the behest of the medical students and medical schools, these sermons to the medical community clearly illustrate the impact of religious thought on medical training in Western Europe and the United States, shed important light on the historical dialogue between the worlds of science and religion, and offer an eloquent apologia of why virtue and ethics are important in medicine.

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