Your issue of November 2 contains an article, "Dreams, Folklore, and Neurasthenia"

Medical Press and Circular

Your issue of November 2 contains an article, "Dreams, Folklore, and Neurasthenia." In it the writer makes a reference to Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and refers to a subject about which there is much misunderstanding and a great deal of ignorance, namely, animal magnetism. The writer refers to it as M.A.M., otherwise malicious animal magnetism, and states that it "clearly took origin in her [Mrs. Eddy's] dreams—possibly waking, possibly sleeping, probably both—and represented pictorially the 'cussedness of things,' which always seemed to thwart the self-willed child." In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, there is a chapter devoted to the subject of animal magnetism, entitled "Animal Magnetism Unmasked." In Mrs. Eddy's other writings there are also many references to this subject, and the writer of the article in question would do well to go to authentic sources for information regarding Mrs. Eddy and the teachings of Christian Science. I would also add that one of the Lesson-Sermons read in all Churches of Christ, Scientist, once every six months, is entitled "Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced." The teachings of Christian Science deal with fundamental truths about God, His spiritual universe, including man, and the application of these truths to the needs of mankind. Mrs. Eddy, it is well known, plumbed to the depths the vagaries of the human or carnal mind after she was led to the discovery of Christian Science. "A knowledge of error and of its operations," she writes in part on page 252 of the Christian Science textbook, "must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error;" and when the subject of animal magnetism is better understood the chapter above referred to will be everywhere recognized as the clearest exposition and exposure of it which it would be possible for anyone to write.

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