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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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P. P. Quimby

By Emma Ware

Dr. Quimby's writings abound in statements made in direct contradiction to facts which we all know to be true.

If not placed in the right light by some one who sees and partially understands the truth he teaches, they will so shock the reader by their gross absurdity that he will cast them by as wanting in veracity and reason. The doctor writes upon disease, its cause and its cure. He stands upon ground never before occupied by any man who has ever treated on this subject, hence he is alone and has the world against him, but in all he says, he always retains the ground and this ought frequently before the reader for otherwise he will be confused and read the statements as though they were made by a man standing with the world and accordingly they will sound unreasonable and absurd.

Dr. Quimby says that man is a being of intelligence made in the image of God and progressing in wisdom. This is what all admit in one sense, but here is where he differs from all men who acknowledge this belief. He carries it out in his treatment of the sick. With him the body is not sick, it is the man who is in trouble, and the man is an intellectual creature, capable of providing for his own health and happiness.

His arguments and his reasoning are all addressed to this man and the principle of his treatment is, to show him the error by which he has been defrauded of the knowledge and the power of providing for his health and happiness. In doing this he comes in mortal conflict with another man whom the world has made, one who believes he is the result of organized matter and that he is born to disease and death. He is well known in society, popular, educated and religious. With him the doctor is in open conflict on every question relating to his health and happiness, and the cure of the patient comes from the contest with this man whom society has made, in which the doctor is victorious. If he is conquered, then he loses the case. This accounts for the discussions he frequently holds with his patients when he takes a ground the sick have never heard argued and which seem full of fanciful whims and absurd inconsistencies.

It also accounts for the feeling of opposition amounting to repugnance which many of his patients experience when he touches their personal feelings on religion or in the matter of disease. A few words of explanation of this feeling, other the construction put upon his words would make him an unwise man. As I said, he comes to the man of error, not to appease and conciliate, but to conquer and destroy him and reinstate the man of intelligence in his professions. Therefore he stands to the sick as the Union Army stands to the South, determined to kill secession and restore the Union, and he fights on the same principle to destroy the disease and save the man. The battle must be a hard one and the conflict hot.

Leaving the facts of disease and standing on the ground that man is an intelligence and the body is only the shadow, he travels through a domain that has been given up to mystery and brings health and deliverance to the sick. The relation of the substance to the shadow and the connection between the mind and body have never been determined by the wisest. In the matter of disease he contends that he has solved this problem. He affirms that what he says is true and that he can prove it to the sick. He never doctors the body. There are many of course, who can see nothing but blasphemy and falsehood in his mode of procedure and such would naturally have a feeling of repulsion towards one whom they believed to be deceiving them. Others however who are fond of reasoning can see that what he says is no mere humbug and that he is striving to develop a truth which will emancipate the world from disease.

Another statement he makes . . . [Article ends here.]

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