Discredited prayer studies:

The famous 2001 study (J Reprod Med 2001 Sep;46(9):781-787) purporting to demonstrate that
distant intercessory prayer positively influences the success rate of in-vitro fertilization
has been exposed as an apparent fraud.  See here and here.

The famous 1998 study (West J Med 1998 Dec;169(6):356-63) purporting to demonstrate that
distant intercessory prayer positively influences the course of AIDS
turns out to have been fudged as well.  See here and here.


Medically Related Articles  by Gary P. Posner, M.D.

"Study Yields No Evidence for Medical Efficacy of Distant Intercessory Prayer: A Follow-up Commentary" (a critique of this study by Dr. Dale Matthews),  The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine , Winter 2002  [My preliminary article, "An Examination of the Media Coverage of a Prayer Study-in-Progress," was published in  The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine ,  Fall/Winter 1998.]

 
 "Hardly a Prayer on ABC's 20/20 Downtown" (brief commentary about my appearance during the 8/13/01 20/20 Downtown  report on "The Power of Prayer"), Skeptical Inquirer,  Nov/Dec 2001

 
"Another controversial effort to establish the medical efficacy of intercessory prayer" (a critique of the Harris group's Archives of Internal Medicine  study),  The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine ,  Spring/Summer 2000

 
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 "Chinese Acupuncture for Heart Surgery Anesthesia"
 (a critique of Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's China acupuncture story;
 co-authored with Dr. Wallace Sampson),
 The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine ,  Fall/Winter 1999

 
 "Questioning Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's China Acupuncture Story,"
 Skeptical Inquirer,  July/Aug 1999  (also posted here)

 
"Point/Counterpoint: Is Prescribing Placebos Ethical? No" (written at the request of the American Council on Science and Health), Priorities for Health , 1998 (Vol. 10  No. 4)

 
"Millennium: Healthcare: Alternative Medicine" (a brief essay on the dumbing down of American medicine, written at the request of the American Council on Science and Health), Priorities for Health , 1998 (Vol. 10  No. 2-3)

 
"Has science proven the 'divine' health benefits of religion?" (a critique, written at the request of the Secular Web, of a USA Today  article, Aug. 1998)

 
"Lexicon of Unnaturalistic Alternatives" (book review of The Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare  by Jack Raso), Skeptical Briefs,  December 1996 (also posted here)

 
"Would you like fries with your penicillin?" (an essay on the sorry state of primary care medicine), The Real American Home Journal  (a newsletter based in Tarpon Springs, Florida), Mar/Apr 1996

 
"Examining an Unsolved Mysteries  Report of a 'Miraculous' Cure" (of a Florida woman who claimed to have been diagnosed with "breast cancer"), Skeptical Inquirer,  Sept/Oct 1995

 
Book cover  "Medical Practice Enters a New Age" (review of Healing Words: The
 Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine
  by Dr. Larry Dossey),
 Skeptical Inquirer,  Summer 1994

 
"NBC's Cynically Skewed Reporting on the Power of Prayer," Free Inquiry,  Summer 1994

 
"God in the CCU?" (critique of Dr. Randolph Byrd's 1988 study on intercessory prayer), Free Inquiry,  Spring 1990 (also posted here)

 
"A Case of Immaculate Abortion?" (evaluation of a gynecologist's miraculous medical claim), Free Inquiry,  Summer 1988

 
"Nonhealing a Nonexistent Tumor" (investigation of TV faith-healer Peter Popoff's claimed cure of a Tampa girl), Free Inquiry,  Winter 1986-87

 
Medical Consultant for The Faith Healers by James Randi James Randi (Prometheus Books, 1987)

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