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February 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500320060007

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The "divine healing" business seems to be going awry. So long as there is "money in the business," divine healing is a fine thing to dole out to the other fellow. Of late there have been unmistakable signs that when the "healer," the "Elijah," the "apostle," gets ill the faith business appears depressed. Dowie and his family are seeking health in the Bahamas, where probably they are plucking "leaves of healing" from the tropic vegetation. At least, as a coincidence, apparently as a not unnatural sequence, we see in the newspapers of late no stories of remarkable "cures" performed by "the prophet." There are not lacking signs that a portion of the public is getting its eyes opened.

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