30 Oct 2011

Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

Submitted by Stephen Winters
TitleLong-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCarey, B
Access Year2011
Access DateOct 30, 2011
Last Update DateMarch 31, 2006
PublisherThe New York Times
Keywordsprayer, prayer questioned
Abstract

Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found.

And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested.

Because it is the most scientifically rigorous investigation of whether prayer can heal illness, the study, begun almost a decade ago and involving more than 1,800 patients, has for years been the subject of speculation.

URLhttp://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=all
Citation KeyctkeyQuestPowerOfPray

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