From Letters, Substantially as Published

The editor of "Your Questions Answered"...


The editor of "Your Questions Answered" column, in his reply to an inquiry, "Did Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of Christian Science, ever take medicine?" makes a statement from which it might be inferred that Christian Science healing is in some way derived from "Quimby and his philosophy." As I am sure you desire your readers to be correctly informed on all questins considered in this interesting column, will you kindly print this letter?

Before her discovery of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy sought relief from physical suffering by taking medicine. After her discovery of Christian Science, she proved that drugs have no effect on one who has lost all faith in them. Contrary to the statement in the column, Mrs. Eddy did not have paralysis as a young woman, or at any subsequent time. While she did go to Mr. Quimby for treatment, she did not continue under the influence of his philosophy after she discovered Christian Science. As to the discovery of Christian Science, and Mr. Quimby's alleged relationship thereto, she says in her autobiography, "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 24): "It was inMassachusetts, in February, 1866, and after the death of the magnetic doctor, Mr. P. P. Quimby, whom spiritualists would associate therewith, but who was in no wise connected with this event, that I discovered the Science of divine metaphysical healing which I afterwards named Christian Science."

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June 20, 1942

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