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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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A WONDERFUL CURE—We observed in the Advertiser a few days since, a statement by Capt. John W. Deering of Saco, in regard to his restoration to health under the care of Dr. Quimby. This however is only one case out of many equally remarkable and astonishing which has come to our knowledge during our acquaintance with the Dr. Capt. Deering took board at the same house where we were stopping and we had an opportunity of observing the facts.

The Doctor’s theory of cure is original and entirely distinct from spirit mediums and mesmerisers. He never uses medicines of any kind, but relies entirely upon the practical working of his theory. Below will be found Capt. Deering’s statement.

Early in August, 1862, I was attacked with a slight pain in the small of my back, and immediately my right leg commenced drawing up, so that in ten days, while standing on my left foot, I could but just touch my right foot on the seat of a common chair. All this time I suffered great pain in my knee pan. I was attended by two of the best Physicians in York County, who applied blisters, leeches and cuppings to my right thigh, with no effect except to increase the pain.

I had become nearly discouraged, when I heard of Dr. P. P. Quimby, and after many solicitations on the part of my friends, I yielded to their entreaties and visited him. After an examination, he told me that the cause of my difficulty was a contraction of the muscles about the right side. Physicians that I had previously consulted had treated me for disease of the hip. Almost despairing of a cure, but willing to gratify the wishes of my friends, I remained in the Doctor’s care. Without calling on the spirits of the departed for aid—without mesmerism and without the use of medicines of any kind, he succeeded in completely restoring the muscles of my side and leg to their proper functions, and, I am now as well as ever. I visited Dr. Quimby under the impression that he was some mysterious personage who had acquired a great reputation for curing diseases, and who must exercise some kind of mesmeric control over the will and imagination of his patients. But I am convinced that he is a skilful physician, whose cures are not the result of accident, but of a thorough knowledge and application of correct curative principles.

Saco, Jan. 8, 1863.

JOHN W. DEERING.

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