Schumann Lecture Addresses Spirituality and Health

The Hitchcock Foundation and Dartmouth’s Center for Aging and Health are co-sponsoring a public lecture by Harold Koenig, M.D. The lecture, entitled “Religion, Spirituality and Health,” is at 7:30 PM, Monday, September 26 in Auditorium E-F at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dr. Koenig will examine the role of religion and spirituality in coping with health issues and present research that has objectively explored whether religious or spiritual involvement affects mental and physical well-being. He will discuss the role that religion and spirituality plays in health behaviors and outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, depression, and mortality. What are the implications for health care professionals? Should physicians be taking a “spiritual history” of their patients and using it to help guide care?

Dr. Koenig is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, and founder and former director of their Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health. He is currently Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on spirituality and health, he has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion.

For more information contact Michael Shoob, 603-653-1231,

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