Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

"PRAYER AND HEALING"
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"PRAYER AND HEALING"



   The article of Professor T - -, having the above caption,
published in Zion's Herald, December third, came
not to my notice until January ninth.  In it the Professor
offered me, as President of the Metaphysical College in
Boston, or one of my students, the liberal sum of one
thousand dollars if either would reset certain dislocations
without the use of hands, and two thousand dollars if
either would give sight to one born blind.
   Will the gentleman accept my thanks due to his generosity;
for, if I should accept his bid on Christianity, he
would lose his money.
   Why?
   Because I performed more difficult tasks fifteen years
ago.  At present, I am in another department of Christian
work, "where there shall no signs be given them," for
they shall be instructed in the Principle of Christian
Science that furnishes its own proof.
   But, to reward his liberality, I offer him three thousand
dollars if he will heal one single case of opium-eating
where the patient is very low and taking morphine powder
in its most concentrated form, at the rate of one ounce in
two weeks, - having taken it twenty years; and he is to
cure that habit in three days, leaving the patient well.  I
cured precisely such a case in 1869.
   Also, Mr. C. M. H - -, of Boston, formerly partner
of George T. Brown, pharmacist, No. 5 Beacon St., will
tell you that he was my student in December, 1884; and
that before leaving the class he took a patient thoroughly
addicted to the use of opium - if she went without it

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twenty-four hours she would have delirium - and in
forty-eight hours cured her perfectly of this habit,
with no bad results, but with decided improvement in
health.
   I have not yet made surgery one of the mental branches
taught in my college; although students treat sprains,
contusions, etc., successfully.  In the case of sprain of the
wrist-joint, where the regular doctor had put on splints
and bandages to remain six weeks, a student of mine
removed these appliances the same day and effected the
cure in less than one week.  Reference, Mrs. M. A. F -  - ,
107 Eutaw Street, East Boston.
   I agree with the Professor, that every system of medicine
claims more than it practises.  If the system is Science,
it includes of necessity the Principle, which the learner
can demonstrate only in proportion as he understands it.
Boasting is unbecoming a mortal's poor performances.
My Christian students are proverbially modest:  their
works alone should declare them, since my system of medicine
is not generally understood.  There are charlatans
in "mind-cure," who practise on the basis of matter, or
human will, not Mind.
   The Professor alludes to Paul's advice to Timothy.
Did he refer to that questionable counsel, "Take a little
wine for thy stomach's sake"?  Even doctors disagree
on that prescription:  some of the medical faculty will
tell you that alcoholic drinks cause the coats of the stomach
to thicken and the organ to contract; will prevent the
secretions of the gastric juice, and induce ulceration,
bleeding, vomiting, death.
   Again, the Professor quotes, in justification of material
methods, and as veritable: "He took a bone from the

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side of Adam, closed up the wound thereof, and builded
up the woman."  (Gen. ii. 21.)
   Here we have the Professor on the platform of Christian
Science! even a "surgical operation" that he says was
performed by divine power, - Mind alone constructing

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