For several years prior to the time I began the study...

For several years prior to the time I began the study of Christian Science. I believed that it was not only misleading in many ways, but that it was even a dangerous method of treating the sick. I had spent ten years in the study and practice of medicine, and believed that I knew exactly the process by which the cures (which I admitted) were brought about. Although at the time I took up the study of Christian Science I had been out of active practice for about seven years, I was still much interested in materia medica. I was professor of medical jurisprudence in one of our medical colleges, and was trying, with some success, to make a specialty of medico-legal cases. Aside from this I was interested financially in two drug concerns, so that the medical thought was connected with my every act in life.

To make my case more hopeless, as it seemed, I felt that it was inhuman to treat children under Christian Science, also that the inability of its practitioners to diagnose contagious diseases, and thus to prevent their spread, was a matter which ought to condemn it with all thinking people. These were only a few of the seeming barriers to my acceptance of Christian Science. How many more there were, I do not claim to know. Only the faithful practitioners and friends who so lovingly aided me in that stormy "passage from sense to Soul" (Science and Health, p. 566) can tell. With all this seeming opposition, and with the feeling that my supply depended entirely upon continuing in the medical thought, together with the fact that I believed myself well physically, it is marvelous to human sense that I should have been led to see the truth.

April 10, 1909

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