Month: June 2017

Back in 2001, Leonard Leibovici presented an RCT which found a correlation between remote, retroactive intercessionary prayer and length of stay in hospital. The patients in question had bloodstream infections in Israel during the period 1990–6; the intervention involved saying ‘a short prayer for the well being and full recovery of the group as a whole’ in the year 2000 in the USA, long after recovery or otherwise actually took place. The study also found a correlation between the intervention and duration of fever. The author concludes:

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Have you recently needed to recite the dates of King Tut’s rule? Nope. Not necessary. Finding information at the point of care?  Knowing how healthcare systems work? Necessary.  We learn so many things that we never need. Evidence based medicine (EBM) is so important and our time with students so limited, that we must teach the most clinically relevant EBM topics.  Take (or leave, really) the pyramid of evidence for example.

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