Religion: New Thought

Man is made up of truth and belief; and, if he is deceived into the belief that he has, or is liable to have, a disease, the belief is catching and the result follows it.

This contagious dogma was uncorked 70 years ago by an unlettered New England clockmaker, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby of Belfast, Me. He had discovered that he could mesmerize people, and in collaboration with a clairvoyant youth named Lucius Burkmar he cured all manner of ills. To him in 1862 went a formidable, twice-married invalid, Mary Morse Baker Glover Patterson, who...

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