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January 7, 1956


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Manager The First Church of Christ, Scientist Committees on Publication 107 Falmouth St. Boston 15.

JAMA. 1956;160(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960360078023

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To the Editor:—  In the Oct. 22, 1955, issue of The Journal, page 750, in an article "Hypnotism in Pregnancy and Labor," it is implied that Christian Science is derived from or connected with the hypnotic practice of Phineas Quimby, from whom Mary Baker Eddy at one time had treatment. While it is true that Mrs. Eddy was at first enthusiastic about Mr. Quimby's methods and was temporarily benefited by them, it is clear that from the beginning she read into them her own deep religious concern, which was essentially foreign to his empirical system of suggestion. It was from this deep concern, and from her studious searching of the Scriptures, that the wholly different system of Christian Science healing later sprang. This religious method has no more connection with hypnotism or suggestion than have the healings of the New Testament. Quimby's son, George, a stanch champion of his father,

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