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P.S. — Does Prayer Before Surgery Work?

Issue: Study: Praying won’t affect heart patients: Critics say question of God’s reaction simply can’t be explored by science/Associated Press

Additional Info: In the largest scientific test of its kind, heart surgery patients showed no benefit when strangers prayed for their recovery. And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications. The researchers could only guess why.

DFO: I’m not good at the spiritual discipline of prayer. However, I believe in it. And I’ve seen it work in people’s lives, over and over, sometimes in inexplicable ways re: a patient’s recovery. However, that’s anecdotal. I don’t know the parameters re: this study. But I’ll tell you one thing: If I was going under the knife, I’d be firing up the church prayer chain.

Question: Would you want people praying if you were facing a life-threatening surgery?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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