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June 8, 1940

Faiths That Healed

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By Ralph H. Major, M.D. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 290, with 30 illustrations. New York & London: D. Appleton-Century Company, Incorporated, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2329. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230059036

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The relationship between faith and healing has given rise to various sects and beliefs associated with the curing of disease. Dr. Ralph Major has collected many of these and gives their histories and background. Here is an analysis of the growth of Christian science, of the background of Lourdes, the rise of witchcraft and many a similar subject. There are references to Mesmer, Quimby, Paracelsus and Zeileis. Strangely, the name of Coué does not appear in the index. Those who wish to trace the evolution of those who have exploited the relationship of body to mind will find in Dr. Major's book a well written account which will inspire thought and reflection.

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