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Herbert Benson: Mind-Body Maverick Pushes the Envelope

Science  18 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5311, pp. 357
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5311.357

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BOSTON-- Harvard Medical School cardiologist Herbert Benson has made a career out of pushing the biomedical research community to accept ideas once considered fringe. An early champion of the notion that stress can cause high blood pressure, he has promoted research on mind-body medicine for years--and earned a string of mainstream National Institutes of Health grants for his work. But now Benson is probing the interface between science and religion, and even some of his supporters fear he's gone too far. His next project: a scientific study of whether prayer actually works.