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Presidential Address: Can prayer help surgery?

Department of Surgery, St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA.
American journal of surgery (Impact Factor: 2.36). 03/2011; 201(3):275-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.08.029
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