7/16/2005 | Share this article:Cardiac Patients in New Study Fared No Better With Spiritual Intercession
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 15, 2005
Praying for sick strangers does not improve their prospects of recovering, according to a large, carefully designed study that casts doubt on the widely held belief that being prayed for can help a person heal.
The study of more than 700 heart patients, one of the most ambitious attempts to test the medicinal power of prayer, showed that those who had people praying for them from a distance, and without their knowledge, were no less likely to suffer a major complication, end up back in the hospital or die.
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