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June 12, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(24):1922-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420500024002g

I make the following extract from an editorial in the London Lancet,1 in 1885, based on an elaborate report by Buchanan, professor of surgery at Glasgow University, of the results that he saw during a visit to Lourdes:

There can be no question that faith-healing is a fact. The brain is not simply the organ of the mind; it is also the chief center or series of centers of the nervous system, by which the whole body is energized and its component parts, with their several functions, are governed and regulated.

There is no miracle in healing by faith, whereas it would he a miracle if the organism, being constituted as it is, and the laws of life such as they are, faith-healing did not under favor- favorable conditions occur....

Pathologists will limit the area of the process to the province of functional diseases, but we are not sure