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South Med J. 2008 Jul;101(7):703-6. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31817997c9.

Religion and medical neglect.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1081, USA.


This is a literature review of religion-associated medical neglect of children. It attempts to document the most common denominations involved in religion-associated medical neglect. There is a discussion of the history of religious exemptions to medical care and health risks to children as a result of religious exemption. Suggestions are made for the clinician regarding recognition and management of religion-associated medical neglect in children.

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