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'Mystical mumbo jumbo' finds its way into mainstream medicine

Monday, June 8, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

BALTIMORE — At one of the nation's top trauma hospitals, a nurse circles a patient's bed, humming and waving her arms as if shooing evil spirits. Another woman rubs a quartz bowl with a wand, making tunes that mix with the beeping monitors and hissing respirator keeping the man alive.

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