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January 28, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(4):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960390042015

The medical profession recognizes the power of faith on the individual mind as a factor that may affect the condition of sick people. It also recognizes the fact that "faith healing," as such, has no accepted merit whereby it can be regarded as having remedial or curative effect in persons who are actually victims of organic disease.

It is true that persons have had what they believe to be relief or even cure of ailments that must be regarded as self-limited or imaginary, for the most part. There are even occasional instances in which diseases generally regarded as uniformly fatal reverse themselves without any explainable medical phenomena, whether or not the patient has had the ministrations of "Scientists" or other so-called healers. It should be realized, of course, that if such a phenomenon were to occur to an individual under "treatment" by one of these healers, the likelihood is that

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