The preservation of human life is not the highest ideal of...

The preservation of human life is not the highest ideal of Christian Science. If it were, none could have received more than I. In November, 1911, I was taken to a hospital and operated upon for tubercular peritonitis. I had had pleurisy in the preceding summer, and after returning to college in the autumn it was only a short time before the more severe trouble presented itself.

The physicians pronounced my case hopeless and stated it was a matter of from one to three months. One lung was said to be nearly destroyed, and in addition my heart was seriously affected and the main trouble of peritonitis was supposed to be worse than any of the others. The doctors were among the very best available, one being a specialist on tubercular diseases. He considered my condition so hopeless that he would not admit me to a sanatorium of which he had charge. I was taken home from the hospital, and a friend who had been healed of a cancer persuaded me to try Christian Science.

I sought help of a practitioner but did little to help myself. Even so I improved perceptibly and the family physician, who continued to make friendly calls, stated a healing process was going on in my lungs he could not understand. He did not know I was having Christian Science treatment although he had said medicine would be of no avail. I continued treatment for several months and then stopped. Later I took the work up again, this time applying myself to the task, as well as asking a practitioner for help. My recovery was rapid, and in ten weeks complete. I was then doing all kinds of work on the farm at home and working as long as any one.

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Testimony of Healing
I feel very grateful for what Christian Science has done...
April 24, 1920

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