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Mark E. Smith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-05 08:05 AM
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Healing Power Of Prayer Doubted In Patient Study
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Researchers say people benefited from bedside therapies like music and touch before surgery, but congregations' blessings had no effect.

By Brad Wible, Los Angeles Times 7/16/05

Prayers from distant congregations did not effect patients' recovery from coronary artery procedures, but bedside therapies using music and touch before surgery reduced stress and offered a slight advantage in survival, scientists reported Friday.

The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, looked at 748 patients at nine U.S. medical centers.

Patients were randomly chosen to receive off-site prayer, bedside therapy, both treatments or none.

"This is a test of whether medicine can help people do what they've already been doing for thousands of years in virtually every culture in the world," said Dr. Mitchell W. Krucoff, a cardiologist at Duke University medical center in North carolina and the study's lead author.

Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist congregations were given patients' names and prayed for them for five to 30 days.

Survival rates did not differ among those who received prayer and those who did not, the study found.
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