About fourteen years ago, when living in an eastern city,...

About fourteen years ago, when living in an eastern city, a friend lent me a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. There was certainly never a person more deeply immersed in the belief of the efficacy of materia medica and hygiene than was I, nor one more serenely satisfied with the so-called orthodox church of which I was a member. However, the spiritual beauty of the book so appealed to me that I purchased a copy. I read it daily for two years, steadily believing that despite its beautiful message it was by far too transcendental to be of any practical value.

From earliest infancy I had suffered from chronic constipation, which neither food nor medicine could alleviate, and which baffled the skill of the best physicians, finally developing into intestinal catarrh, which became chronic. For years I had been under the constant treatment of one of the most prominent specialists of international reputation, but found only temporary relief. When I was leaving the East for my new home on the Pacific coast, the specialist frankly told me that my case was incurable. After a year's stay in Portland, still rigidly following the absent specialist's advice, I grew steadily worse. My suffering was such that I felt death was inevitable, unless speedy relief came.

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