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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 started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.