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May 12, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190050013

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Among the subjects of interest discussed in the recent missionary conference in New York City was that of medical missions and their advantages in aiding mission work among the heathen, noted in our columns last week. It was the unanimous testimony that in this way, often before any other is opened, a successful attack on the strongholds of heathenism can be successfully inaugurated. That this must be so is self-evident; the wonder is that mission boards were so long in adapting this for their purposes. Amongst savages and unenlightened people generally, including the degenerates who take up with "Christian Science" and Dowieism, the healing of the body and the healing of the soul go together—the shaman, the sorcerer and the priest have alike the control of health here and hereafter. The destruction of the old faith and its replacement by the new can be no better aided by purely human

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