Medicine, Meaning And Prayer with Larry Dossey, M.D.

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These are exciting times in science and medicine, and Larry Dossey is a physician at the forefront of new developments on the interface of body and "soul." Prayer, it seems, is holding its own in laboratory research despite the scientific assumptions it challenges. Dossey presents and evaluates the evidence, and explores its implications for both medical practice and individual healing. He goes even further, to an awareness of the deeper meaning of prayer and soul. Warning against "confusing God with vitamins" (seeing prayer as a tool for narrow practical ends), he reminds us of the larger context implied by the existence of soul, and the effectiveness not only of prayer but of non-attachment to results. A revealing and stimulating discussion for anyone with or without religious beliefs or skepticism. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Larry Dossey, M.D. is the executive editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, and served as co-chair of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including:

To learn more about the work of Larry Dossey go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Scientific research on the healing effects of prayer
  • The meaning of theory and proof in evaluating prayer as therapy
  • The "shadow side of prayer"
  • The Hawaiian curse that resembles Guillaume-Barre Syndrome
  • The possible flaw in the "double-blind" research practice
  • The larger context of meaning in soul and prayer research
  • The political and medical future of alternative/complementary healing in America
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 11/2/1993       Program Number: 2422