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For some time past it has seemed to me that the subject of Christian Science should be presented to the dental profession, and I have eagerly scanned the Journals monthly, with the hope that some one better qualified than I had given us a paper on this subject; but, being disappointed, and feeling that this is a matter which would be of great benefit to all dentists in their daily work, I therefore beg the privilege of giving my experience, in the hope that it may be the means of causing many to investigate, and thereby to profit as I have done.

A little less than two years ago the subject of Christian Science was suggested to me as a possible means of relief from alcoholism, the habit having such a hold on me that I was unable to do without my regular potion, and, having relapsed from a course of treatment by the gold cure, I had fallen into that state of abject helplessness known only to the alcohol slave. I had no faith whatever in Christian Science when it was presented to me, but told a friend that if he thought he could assist me he might treat me, as I earnestly desired to rid myself of the habit, or disease. He told me he would take up the case. A few evenings later he called at my home and gave me an idea of what Christian Science is, and it was then that I first noticed that in the last few days I had been more moderate than for some time previous in my drinking, but did not say so to him. From this time on the desire for alcohol gradually left me, and shortly thereafter, when I took an inventory of myself, I found that for days I had had no desire to drink, and then it fully dawned on me that my friend, through Christian Science, had done the work.

While being treated for the liquor habit my taste for tobacco gradually left me, after I had been an habitual smoker and chewer for over ten years. From the time I arose in the morning till I retired at night, except at meals, I had tobacco in my mouth. This desire left me under Christian Science treatment, and has never returned.

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September 8, 1898

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