I have read with much interest and appreciation the...

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I have read with much interest and appreciation the article by your "Medical Correspondent" setting forth briefly the views of the late Dr. F. C. Crookshank on the question of healing, particularly his recognition of the fact that the division between bodily and mental causes for diseases is largely artificial. It is clear that had there been any such division Jesus in his healing ministry could not have healed people solely on the basis of faith and prayer, a basis which is recognized to be wholly mental.

Your correspondent also quotes with approval the following words of another physician: "I assert confidently that there is no known reason why the cure of organic disease, however defined, should not follow the exercise of faith and prayer," but, surely through some misapprehension, your contributor cannot avoid taking a little dig at what he calls the "absurdities of Christian Science," which teaching is based foursquare on the foundation of the omnipotence of God, good.

The first chapter in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, is on the subject of prayer, and the opening words of that chapter are: "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." "Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind." I am sure your correspondent will admit that there is nothing absurd in that statement, or, indeed, in anything that can be legitimately based on it.

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