When Christian Science was first brought to my notice I...

When Christian Science was first brought to my notice I was in a deplorable condition. While I did not accept its ministrations without considerable opposition, an improvement was soon noticeable. I had suffered two very severe breakdowns. The first occurred in the autumn of 1896 and was diagnosed as nervous dyspepsia. My stomach and nervous system suddenly became so completely deranged as to make me unfit for my regular work, and for more than eight months I was compelled to be practically idle. When recovered sufficiently to resume my vocation, medicine and stimulants were employed to keep me going, and as time went on the quantities of both were constantly increased.

In 1906 another collapse came. This time an internal abscess was said to be the outstanding cause, but a general complication of ailments was in evidence. I was operated on for the abscess and that particular affliction was removed, but the others seemed if anything to become worse. Although the wounds healed, my general health did not improve. I tried a number of different schools of medicine and modes of healing, and went from one doctor to another, but got weaker all the time.

Finally a young doctor, who admitted that my condition baffled him, took me to a member of the faculty of a medical college in Philadelphia, a man who had the reputation of being one of the best diagnosticians in America. He looked me over, and among other things, such as ruined stomach, nervous breakdown, affected kidneys, hardened spleen, and rheumatism, told me I had as bad a case of diseased liver as he had ever encountered, and gave me six weeks as the limit of remaining lifetime. He spoke thus frankly because I had told him I wanted the absolute truth in his opinion.

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Testimony of Healing
With a feeling of deep thankfulness to God, and of gratitude...
August 4, 1917

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