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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Most doctors see religion as beneficial, study says
Most physicians in the United States believe that religion and spirituality have a positive effect on patientsí health, according to a survey published last week in The Archives of Internal Medicine, and that God at least occasionally intervenes on their behalf, a story in today's New York Times says.
Dr. Jerome E. Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard who was not involved in the study, told the Times he was surprised by how many doctors believe in divine intervention.
"The most striking finding is the perception that God is micromanaging clinical outcomes at the bedside," said Groopman, the author of the new book "How Doctors Think" (Houghton Mifflin).