'Religion versus medicine' takes as its starting point that religion has a grotesque influence on medicine and health (e.g. religious war and genocide, slavery, honour killings, witch hunts, inquisitions, male and female religous genital cutting, condemnation of heterosexual and homosexual urge and behaviour, prohibition of contraception to reduce HIV transmission and population growth, systemic clerical abuse and rape of children, conscientious objection to legal methods of family planning, etc).
Title picture is the extraction of Asclepius from his mother Coronis by his father Apollo, from Alessandro Beneditti's De Re Medica (1549).
The Hippocratic oath in the shape of a cross, 12th Century Byzantine manuscript
"The truth is that medicine, professedly founded on observation, is as sensitive to outside influences, political, religious, philosophical, imaginative, as is the barometer to the changes of atmospheric density". Oliver Wendell Holmes