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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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Re:Author's comments

Dear Professor Leibovici,
Thank you for your study.

Professor Leonard Leibovici wrote "The article has nothing to do with
religion. I believe that prayer is a real comfort and help to a believer.
I do not believe it should be tested in controlled trials."

If the metaphysical realm such as prayer has potential to improve the
health of patients, then why not test it in controlled trials so that it
can be of benefit to people?

I do not believe that prayer should be relegated to scientific study,
but if it can help ease suffering then why prevent further investigation?

Thank you,
Yosef Sherman

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 October 2010
Yosef Sherman
Ohr Somayach Institutions