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Medical SaintsCosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World$
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Jacalyn Duffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743179.001.0001

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Miracles, Medicine, and MEDLINE

Miracles, Medicine, and MEDLINE

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Medical Saints

Jacalyn Duffin

Oxford University Press

Duffin reviews the history of clinical trials that have been devoted to proving whether or not prayer “works,” within the confines of Evidence-Based Medicine. Failure to find statistically significant results is construed as evidence that prayer does not work, further contributing to the simplistic belief among physicians that miracles cannot happen. The Italian feast day celebrations at Conshohocken Pennsylvania reveal the great devotion to these saints among people from Haiti. Another survey is conducted to determine the source of their faith. It uncovers the strong parallels with the Marassa twins of Vodou religion.

Keywords:   Medical attitudes to spirituality, Clinical Trials, Prayer healing, Haiti, Vodou

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