Spiritual healing as a therapy for chronic pain: a randomized, clinical trial

@article{Abbot2001SpiritualHA,
  title={Spiritual healing as a therapy for chronic pain: a randomized, clinical trial},
  author={Neil C. Abbot and Elaine F Harkness and Clare D Stevinson and F.Paul Marshall and David A Conn and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2001},
  volume={91},
  pages={79-89}
}

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