Among the earliest of my childhood recollections there...

Among the earliest of my childhood recollections there are none more vivid than that of my being forbidden to eat the many good things which a child delights in. The reason, of course, for this restriction was that the things I desired most were the very things that the doctor had decreed would disagree with me. From my earliest days it was said by various medical authorities who were consulted, that I had a weak stomach, and a more or less strict diet became the order of the day. Later on as I grew to manhood this condition changed from a weak stomach to a disordered liver, and by the time I was twenty years old I had suffered from jaundice and a severe attack of gallstones. I was recovering from the latter when Christian Science was brought to my notice and I commenced the study of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," because it seemed to offer an escape from a very strict diet which my physician had told me was the only means of avoiding a return of the trouble. I was also to refrain from participating in the many pastimes and enjoyments of youth and instead was to take consistent daily exercise and become subject to other objectionable regulations. The vista of this slavery and a long list of medicines to be taken at stated intervals, urged me to try Christian Science treatment. This I did and at the end of a fortnight I was completely healed. That is more than seventeen years ago, and while in the first few years of my experience in Christian Science there were one or two occasions when a symptom of the old complaint would appear, it was invariably and quickly overcome with no other aid than that of Christian Science.

So much for the physical healing. It is, however, the moral regeneration which was the main reason for my seriously taking up the study of Christian Science. As already indicated, the cause of my becoming interested in Christian Science in the first place was my need for physical relief, but I was just at the age when most young men find themselves in the midst of the struggle against the many pitfalls of youth, and my outlook was fast approaching that point where I was beginning to be persuaded that what I regarded as evil was really a necessary experience in the world, and that chastity was an ideal impossible of attainment and entirely impracticable in the world as I then viewed it. I had not studied Science and Health twenty-four hours before I became convinced that this argument was wholly fallacious and that it needed to be no longer entertained.

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