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

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are mental.
   I mention physicians and ministers, because one class
claims to heal disease, the other claims to heal sin; but
Christian Science heals physically and morally, - it contains
all; "its leaves are for the healing of the nations."
                                        L. B. A., Memphis, Tenn.

   I was for years a great sufferer.  I called doctor after
doctor, getting no help.  The last one, after treating me
for one year, told me he would give me one year more
to live.
   One evening a near neighbor came in and asked me
to go home with her; and as it was only a few steps, I
did so.
   She took up a new book, Science and Health, read me
a few chapters, and then gave me some Christian Science
tracts, which I read, and one of them I almost committed
to memory.
   I bought a copy of "Science and Health with Key to

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the Scriptures," and studied it carefully.  I am healed
of all those claims which troubled me so long.  I was
lifted out of darkness into light.
                                        M. J. P., Burns, Oregon

                                        Chicago, March 19, 1894
   Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy, Boston, Mass.: - I wish to
thank you for the true light that was revealed to me by
reading your book, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and at once adopting its teaching.  It was
one year ago to-day that I put on the armor, determined
never to surrender to the enemy; and you may know I
have looked forward to this day with a great deal of
pleasure, to show my friends that the Lord is constantly
with me to help overcome all evil.
   Some said, when I first started in this new path, "Wait
until you get one of your stomach attacks, and you will
change your mind."  For months they have waited, and
are beginning to see the truth in my actions, that speak
for themselves, and show that all is Mind.
   For nearly thirty years I had been a sufferer from
throat and stomach troubles; bronchitis, dyspepsia, gastralgia,
and gastritis, etc., were the terms applied by
my physicians.  About eighteen years of that time I was
engaged in the drug business, had constant opportunities
for consulting the best physicians, and took such medicine
as I felt assured would cure me; but only to be disappointed
each time.
   The last few years I had been living on oatmeal crackers
and hot water; suffering more or less all the time, and
could not eat anything else without suffering intense

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pain.  I felt as though I could not live many months
more, and was getting ready to give up the fight
when a dear friend and neighbor, Mrs. Corning, left
a copy of Science and Health at our home.  At first I
did not care to read it; having been educated, for many
years, in the belief that medicine can cure all diseases, I
could not conceive of anything else to cure the sick.
   One Sunday I had the curiosity to know something
about this Christian Science, and read Science and Health.
The more I read, the more interested I became, and

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