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August 26, 1911

Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(9):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080325039

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Abstract

This is a general historical review of mental healing. As the author intimates in the preface, many people nowadays are misled into believing that the recent mental healing movements are new in origin and in principle, simply and solely because they are ignorant of similar movements in the past. The author's object in writing this book was to show, on the contrary, that such movements as those known as Mormonism, Dowieism and Eddyism—mental healing combined with religious vagaries—are merely repetitions of similar movements in bygone ages, and that such individuals as the "Mountain Evangelist," George O. Barnes, Father Mathew and Francis Schlatter (the latter only the other day was attracting thousands of intelligent people to Denver who stood in line for hours to receive his magic touch and be healed) present characteristics which are to all intents and purposes the same as those of "healers" and leaders of cults hundreds

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