NIH funding: not a prayer

  title={NIH funding: not a prayer},
  author={Gerald Weissmann},
  journal={The FASEB Journal},
Well over a century ago, Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin and the founder of modern biostatistics, called for a prospective, controlled study of whether those for whom prayers were offered would heal faster than those unaided by distant appeals to the deity (2). Writing in the Fortnightly Review of August 1, 1872, Galton proposed the comparison of two groups of traumatically injured patients, “the one consisting of markedly religious, piously-befriended individuals, the other of… 
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