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June 15, 1907

THE DUALITY OF MAN.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS IN THE SECTION ON OPHTHALMOLOGY AT THE FIFTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., JUNE, 1907.

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NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(24):1995-1999. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220500001001

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Abstract

In his address before the Medical Club of Philadelphia a short while ago Mr. Gilder, editor of the Century, urged "the establishment of an institute for the investigation of faith cure and other treatments not recognized by the medical profession." His suggestion should not be passed over lightly, for such things constitute a problem which should be solved, and that, too, by medical men. In all of these faith fads and fancies there is an element of truth which should be freed from the abominable errors that becloud it. If the solution is ever found it must come from the study of man as a dual creature, spirit and matter, spirit a unit, the material body a union. Life, not alone of man, but of the lower animals also, is the mystic union of spirit and matter. This mystic union we may never understand, nor can we ever know how

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