"Moral Remedies"

Modern Medicine, in its review of the recommendation recently made by Sir Lauder Brunton, an eminent English physician and surgeon, that certain drugs be administered for the purpose of counteracting the effects of irritating occurrences and depressing news, advances the opinion that in certain cases of bad temper "moral remedies are necessary as well as physical," but it does not advise how nor by whom these moral remedies shall be administered. Is the physician to be trained to administer moral remedies as well as physical, or is he to call in a clergyman? Is there to be another class of medical specialists, who are to deal only with moral remedies? By what rule is the case requiring both moral and physical remedies to be distinguished from the one requiring physical remedies only? If there be cases which require a moral remedy as an adjunct to the physical remedy, may there not be cases which demand moral remedies alone? If some cases can be relieved or healed by moral remedies, is it not possible that all cases can be healed in the same way? These are pertinent questions which naturally grow out of the statement we have quoted.

The admission that moral remedies are of value in the cure of disease is a step in the right direction, and we hope it may be the forerunner of the more important admission which must be made at some time; viz., that moral remedies are the only means worthy of dependence. By moral remedies we mean, of course, the application of that right knowledge of God which is the foundation of all morality.

It has been proved through Christian Science that the moral remedy used by our Master and commended by him to his followers heals not only the bad temper which Modern Medicine says "in a great proportion of cases has for its foundation indigestion, nervous exhaustion, or some other physical ill." but also the disease which is supposed to be its foundation. It is almost proverbial that Christian Scientists are free from bad temper as well as from all manner of disease with which they were afflicted before they adopted the moral remedy disclosed to them in Science and Health, a remedy which is available to all who care to adopt it.

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February 24, 1906

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