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May 22, 1926

RELIGIOUS HEALINGPRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1926;86(21):1617-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720470006007
Abstract

SCIENTIFIC CHRISTIANITY  Christianity to some is distinctly a healing movement. Applied Christianity, they believe, is capable of removing every difficulty in the world. Especially is it applicable to physical disease. Christ preached faith, and those who apply the Gospel teachings to the healing of the body lay stress on this mental state. They have developed systems by which the patient's mind becomes imbued with the idea that by communion with God he may be healed, and also teach methods by which this communion may be effected. The material used to develop these ideas is taken from the Scriptures and from the writings of various New Thought authors. The system usually consists of daily reading along these lines, meditation on certain appropriate thoughts, relaxation and affirmative prayer. Treatment consists of relaxation, reading or listening to an appropriate passage of Scripture, affirmation or silent prayer.The most highly organized movement of this

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