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July 1960

A Doctor Looks at Miracles.

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By Dr. J. H. Williams. Price, 16 s. Pp. 232, with no illustrations. Anthony Blond, Ltd., 36 Chester Row, London, S.W. 1, England, 1959.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):152-153. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010154024

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This book is written in the light vein cultivated by its author who gives his interesting resumé of the miraculous. The problem is seen through the eyes of one who is a firm believer that science does not have all the answers and that magic and the miraculous have not been ruled out. Actually science can never exclude or deny but merely record a failure to observe such phenomena. One can approach the problem of miracles as an agnostic, a skeptic, or a believer. Dr. Williams is definitely in the category of believers. One of the most notable features of this book is a biographical sketch of so many people who have been connected with what the author deems as miraculous. We run the gamut from St. Francis of Assisi to Mary Baker Eddy. At either end of the course we go through a whole range of foibles, faith, and

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