The power of prayer (and adequate fluid resuscitation)BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7490.526 (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:526
- Diana M Jolliffe, consultant anaesthetist
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
While working in South Africa, 10 years ago, I visited a small town on the edge of the Little Karoo. This is a remote arid area of thorn bushes, ostriches, and minimal rainfall, but the town, Montagu, is famous for the production of muscatel, a sweet dessert wine.
In the past, the town's isolation resulted in its inhabitants being self sufficient. For medical care, they relied on the plant lore …