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Bertrand Russell on Religion and Medicine

Theology still tries to interfere in medicine where moral issues are
supposed to be specially involved, yet over most of the field the
battle for the scientific independence of medicine has been won. No one
now thinks it impious to avoid pestilences and epidemics by sanitation
and hygiene; and though some still maintain that diseases are sent by
God, they do not argue that it is therefore impious to try to avoid
them. The consequent improvement in health and increase of longevity is
one of the most remarkable and admirable characteristics of our age.
Even if science had done nothing else for human happiness, it would
deserve our gratitude on this account. Those who believe in the utility
of theological creeds would have difficulty in pointing to any
comparable advantage that they have conferred upon the human race.