16 July 2005

Prayer is useless for heart surgery patients: doctors report

A new study published in today's issue of the medical journal Lancet1 determined that prayer had little or no effect in reducing major adverse cardiovascular events, preventing hospital readmission, or death on patients undergoing coronary procedures.

The study was performed by Mitchell W. Krucoff, a cardiologist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Isn't it about time that these doctors stopped wasting everybody's time on prayer and similar nonsense and moved on to doing scientific medicine?

1. Krucoff, M.W. et al. 2005. Lancet, 366:211-217. Full text is available after registration.

Revision added 24 July
Some other blogs that have since posted about this study:
Anne's Anti-Quackery & Science Blog

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