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Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1450

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The Hospital Called Earth

Throughout the studies on intercessory prayer, I have been seeing the
study population as a mere microcosm for what the studies might really be
studying. Taking "healing" (and all measurements like length of hospital
stay and mortality) to be metaphorical for the process each person goes
through to live a more fulfilling life, these studies, however indicative
their statistical results, may come bear on the role of prayer for our
planet and humanity.

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Competing interests: No competing interests

13 April 2005
Michael A. Bedar
Outreach, Tree of Life Foundation
Patagonia, Arizona, U.S.A.