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July 24, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(13):1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690310057016

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Unexpected Trends in the Art of Healing.  —Some unexpected developments have taken place in this country in recent years. Official diplomas have been granted, after previous examination, to practitioners of two kinds. The members of one group claim that they can, through clairvoyance, see the body organs and diagnose the patient's sickness. They give advice as to whether operations recommended by surgeons are necessary; in most cases, they give their approval. Members of the other group predict future events and state that they can see persons not in the room. Neither group is allowed to practice medicine, and both are cautious not to interfere with the activities of competent physicians.An American evangelist, Tommy Hicks, from Lancaster, Calif., has been speaking to groups of 10,000 to 40,000 persons assembled on football fields. He claims that faith in God can completely cure most diseases. Many people of Buenos Aires, having become

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