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Deliver us from evil

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 10 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:359
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    Randomised controlled trials examining the effectiveness of prayer as a life saving intervention have become commonplace. All suffer from methodological shortcomings. What is prayer? Whom do the prayers address? How does one make sure that the person who claims to have prayed has done so? How does one know that the prayer did not pray for the opposite outcome? Are there people who can pray better than others? Does prayer come in doses? And if …

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