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

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7327.1450 (Published 22 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1450

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Side effects of the Leibovici RCT of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer

An important side effect of the Leibovici paper is its impact on the
religious community. Please search in Google: “Leibovici” and then
“prayer” on ‘search within results’ (at the bottom of the page). You will
have a lot of entries where many religious congregations take the
Leibovici ‘experiment’ as a proof of the prayer benefits or of the
existence of God.

Evidently these persons didn’t read the Leibovici auto-reply
(Author's comments, BMJ, 12 march 2002, Leibovici L).

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 May 2008
Jose M Lopez-Lozano
Infection Control Team
Hospital Vega Baja, Orihuela 03314, Spain