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The Oxford Companion to Medicine (3 ed.)

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...the creed of which declared that ‘there is but one creation, and it is wholly spiritual’. Matter therefore was an illusion; hence there could be no such reality as somatic disease. As explained in her best-selling textbook, Science and health ( 1875 ), true ‘mind healing’ would dispel the illusions of sickness and pain. Proclaiming itself the new scientific medicine of the new age, Christian Science owed its high rate of conversions to the ‘patient: heal thyself’ confidence it inspired. Especially in 19th-century North America, medical cults and fringe...