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December 13, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(24):864-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410500020007

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Faith Cure in a Nutshell.  —A very pithy statement—only a little short of being an aphorism—has been contributed against the validity of the proofs that organic disease can be removed by the faith process, as follows: " Clear medical testimony would compel belief, but the vague statements of the cured only confirm doubt." This striking antithetical declaration is by the pen of a layman, in the English journal, called Regions Beyond, devoted largely to missions in Africa. So far as the world at large is concerned, one or two good, clear medical certificates that organic troubles have been cured, would set the question at rest forever. The difficulty is, of course, to get them. As an example of the kind of cure the cured patients themselves are content to report, we may point to the case of a man of some prominence having organic eye disease, said by the patient to

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