The real medical power of fake nature


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In the intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, it's likely you'll hear sounds of the outdoors. The hospital isn't stationed in a nature preserve, there's no ocean nearby; there might not even be a window in your room. What you would hear are the sounds of fake nature, which belong to a simulated environment that psychologist and engineer Bob Stone thinks will have the same proven healing effects on patients as the real thing. Is he right?


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