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Credibility of “Faith Healings” Questioned

Psychologist Richard Sloan and colleagues at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center suggest that much of the research claiming proof of “faith-healings” is flimsy and unfounded.

Study authors expressed concern that such research might encourage patients to attribute illnesses to a lack of faith and ignore potential medical treatment.

Published in the Lancet medical journal, Sloan argues that, while faith and religion may offer psychological comfort to patients, there is no evidence that faith can cure disease or improve health.

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Washington Post - February 19, 1999

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