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Prayer and Sickness
studies have been done to determine whether praying for sick people helps
them get better. (This is sometimes called intercessory prayer.)
So far, the evidence seems to suggest that it does.
Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effects of Remote, Intercessory Prayer
on Outcomes in Patients Admitted to the Coronary Care Unit
William S. Harris, Ph.D.; Manohar Gowda, M.D.; Jerry W. Kolb, M.Div.;
Christopher P. Strychacz, Ph.D.; James L. Vacek, M.D.; Philip G. Jones,
M.S.; Alan Forker, M.D.; James H. O'Keefe, M.D.; Ben D. McCallister, M.D.
This is probably the most rigorous
study to date. Published in October 1999, it examined about a thousand
heart patients and found a positive effect even though the patients didn't
know they were being prayed for. From Archives of Internal Medicine, a
journal published by the American Medical Assocation. The full text is
on the web. This paper has a bibliography of previous research studies.
On Their Side
A summary for general readers
of the research paper listed immediately above. From the New Scientist.
page was published on February 2, 2000.
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