Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities
2003—2004 Forum on Belief
Health and Societies
Death and Dying in the United States: Intersections between Medicine, Spirituality, Science, and Religion
The relationship between spirituality and medicine has run the gamut from tension to cooperation. The intersection of belief, religion, science, and values is perhaps nowhere more evident than in issues surrounding death and dying. Collins will study the practices and ideologies that surround care for the dying in the United States, with special attention to both the recent reintegration of spirituality into care for the dying, and the question of how medicine and spirituality act upon some of the various players involved.