Majority believe God can revive the dying

CHICAGO - August 18, 2008 - Monday's Archives of Surgery reports that 57 percent of randomly surveyed adults think God's intervention can save a family member even if doctors declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters say patients have a right to demand such treatment.

Researchers say doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle."

When asked to imagine their own relatives being gravely ill or injured, nearly 20 percent of doctors and other medical workers also said that God could reverse a hopeless outcome.

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