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August 28, 1909

The Emmanuel Movement in a New England Town.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):733. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550090069017

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Mr. Powell is one of the leading workers in the so-called Emmanuel movement and may be accepted as one of the expositors of what it claims to accomplish. According to him, "every Emmanuel clinic works within the limitations set by scientific medicine," but he follows this by the statement that "every Emmanuel worker follows his own temperament and training in the application of the principle." Here lies the peril and the basis for the criticisms which have been rather numerous both from physicians and clergymen. There is no question but that a religious stimulus is of great value in many forms of mental and even bodily ailment; a thorough medical education would be of great value to many clergymen and some physicians probably suffer on account of their lack of religious faith and training. The debatable ground, however, between moral and physical healing is full of pitfalls for the injudicious

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