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December 12, 1908

Religion and Medicine.

JAMA. 1908;LI(24):2082. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540240070023

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Abstract

The object of this book, as stated in the introduction, is "to describe in plain terms the work on behalf of nervous sufferers which has been undertaken in Emmanuel Church, Boston." It discusses the treatment of functional nervous disorders, and the authors say: "We make free use of moral and psychical agencies, but we do not believe in overtaxing these valuable aids by expecting the mind to attain results which can be effected more easily through physical instrumentalities. Accordingly we have gladly availed ourselves of the services of the skilled medical and surgical specialists who have offered to cooperate with us, and we believe that our freedom in this respect and the combination of good psychical and physical methods have had much to do with our success." The authors have confined their practice to that large group of maladies which are known as functional disorders, "because disorders of this nature

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