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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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The Quimby Manuscripts

EDITED BY
HORATIO W. DRESSER

Author of “The Power of Silence,”
“A History of the New Thought Movement,” Etc.

  COPYRIGHT, 1921
By THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY

  THIRD PRINTING

  CONTENTS

Chapter

Title

Page Numbers

 

EDITOR'S PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

 

PUBLISHERS' NOTE

 

Chapter 1

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

7-18

Chapter 2

HISTORY OF THE MANUSCRIPTS

19-26

Chapter 3

QUIMBY'S RESTORATION TO HEALTH

27-35

Chapter 4

THE MESMERIC PERIOD

36-48

Chapter 5

THE PRINCIPLES DISCOVERED

49-62

Chapter 6

THE INTERMEDIATE PERIOD

63-72

Chapter 7

EARLY WRITINGS
To the Sick in Body and Mind; Spiritualism and Mesmerism; Letter to a Patient; To a Patient; Mr. Quimby's Method.

73-85

 

Chapter 8

CONTEMPORARY TESTIMONY

86-108

Chapter 9

LETTERS FROM PATIENTS

109-116

Chapter 10

LETTERS TO PATIENTS

117-132

Chapter 11

LETTERS TO PATIENTS AND INQUIRERS

133-151

Chapter 12

MRS. EDDY: 1862-1875

152-164

Chapter 13

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

165-178

Chapter 14

CHRIST OR SCIENCE
Mind is Spiritual Matter; What is Disease? How does the Mind Produce Disease? Mind is Not Intelligence: Is the Curing of Disease a Science? Is Disease a Belief? Life and Disease; Disease; Love I; What is My Theory; Clairvoyance; Love II; How Dr. Quimby Cures; Another World; Your Position; My Theory; Es­tablishing a Science; Two Sciences; Christ and Truth; Difference Between My Belief and Others; True and False Christs; Your True Position; My Religion; Happiness; Prayer I; Prayer II; How I Hold My Patients; How I Cure the Sick; Do People Really Believe What They Think? Jesus and Christ; Wrong Use of Words; Harmony I; Harmony II; Difference of Opinion About the Dead; Resurrection; A Communication; My Use of the Word Mind.

179-229

Chapter 15

THE WORLD OF THE SENSES
To the Reader; False Reports Concerning My Religious Belief; Mind; The Scientific Man; The Natural Man; Death of the Natural Man; The Senses; How the Senses Are Deceived; The Senses and Language; Man's Identity; The Effect of Mind on Mind; Imagination; How the Opinions of Physicians Operate; Obstacles in Establishing a New Science; Mind and Disease; Do We Know All We Write or Say?

230-274

Chapter 16

DISEASE AND HEALING
The Reception of this Great Truth; Concerning Beliefs; Works the Fruit of Our Belief; The Relation of this Truth to the Sick; Parable; Answer to a Ques­tion; Cures; Is There Any Curative Quality in Medi­cine? Outlines of a New Theory for Curing Disease; Disease; Disease, Love and Courage; What Do I Impart to My Patients? Experience of a Patient; The Silent Method; Treatment of a Child; The Healing Principle; Health and Disease; Learning to Heal; Strength; Mind and Disease.

275-322

Chapter 17

GOD AND MAN
On Wisdom; The Christian's God; Man; Love.

323-349

Chapter 18

RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS
Defence Against an Accusation of Making Myself Equal to Christ; Religion in Disease; Jesus' Healing and His Message; Religon; The Effect of Religion on Health; Controversy About the Dead; The Resurrection; Another World; What is Religion; The Other World; Defence Against an Accusation of Putting Down Religion.

350-381

Chapter 19

SCIENCE, LIFE, DEATH
Science; Christian Science; Life; Man and Woman; Light; Death; Thoughts; Editor's Summary.

382-428

Appendix

List of Quimby's Writings.
The Quimby-Eddy Controversy.

429-438

 

  Photographic Reproductions
of Manuscripts

  443

 

EDITOR'S PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

FOR many years a mass of documents of interest to Christian Scientists and to their critics as well, has been withheld from publication, although earnestly sought. These documents were written by Dr. P. P. Quimby, of Portland, Maine, and contain his views regarding mental and spiritual healing. They became familiar to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy when she visited Dr. Quimby as a patient, and it has been charged by her critics that many of the ideas later promulgated in her teachings were born of the Quimby theories.

In order to set this controversy at rest, many attempts have been made to gain access to the Quimby manuscripts, but heretofore without success except in piecemeal or disjointed form. The present editor, however, has been fortunate in securing from Mrs. George A. Quimby, owner of the manu­scripts, permission to print the documents in full. Many of them now see the light of the printed page for the first time. Others give a full and authentic version of material from which only short extracts have previously appeared.

The editor's point of view is that of the expositor, never critical save as the author of the manuscripts might have criticized his own work. All subject-matter in brackets is by the editor, also all footnotes. Italics and quotation-marks have been introduced to a slight extent. Scriptural quotations have not been corrected, because Dr. Quimby was in the habit of paraphrasing in order to show how he interpreted the Bible. Some of the articles have been condensed to avoid repetition, but no material changes have been made. The terms Science, Truth, Wisdom, have been capitalized throughout in conformity with the usage in some of the articles in which these words are synonyms for Christ, or God. The same is true of the general terms for Quimby's theory, the Science of Health, the Science of Life and Happiness. The term Christian Science is used with reference to the growth of the original teaching of Jesus.

In this edition several errors have been corrected and Chapter twelve has been re-written.

PUBLISHERS' NOTE

This book is without question the most important contribution to the subject of mental healing ever published. It gives the history of the discoveries and practice of P. P. Quimby, whose researches began in 1840, and tells in his own words how he came to develop the silent method of healing and to acquire his theory known as the "Science of Health."

The book as a whole contains an adequate statement of Quimby's original theory as found in his manuscripts, 1846-65. The volume also contains the writings, hitherto inaccessible, which Mrs. Eddy borrowed during her stay in Portland as Quimby's patient. The editor is a son of Mr. Julius A. Dresser, who was the most active of Quimby's followers at the time Mrs. Eddy was under treatment and who loaned Mrs. Eddy the copy-books which made her acquainted with the Quimby manuscripts.

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