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may treasure the memorials of a child's growth, and
she would not have them changed.
The first edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH was published
in 1875. Various books on mental healing have
since been issued, most of them incorrect in theory
and filled with plagiarisms from SCIENCE AND HEALTH.
They regard the human mind as a healing agent,
whereas this mind is not a factor in the Principle of
Christian Science. A few books, however, which are
based on this book, are useful.
The author has not compromised conscience to suit
the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly
given the text of Truth. She has made no effort
to embellish, elaborate, or treat in full detail so infinite
a theme. By thousands of well-authenticated
cases of healing, she and her students have proved the
worth of her teachings. These cases for the most part
have been abandoned as hopeless by regular medical
attendants. Few invalids will turn to God till all
physical supports have failed, because there is so little
faith in His disposition and power to heal disease.
The divine Principle of healing is proved in the
personal experience of any sincere seeker of Truth. Its
purpose is good, and its practice is safer and more potent
than that of any other sanitary method. The unbiased
Christian thought is soonest touched by Truth,
and convinced of it. Only those quarrel with her
method who do not understand her meaning, or discerning
the truth, come not to the light lest their
works be reproved. No intellectual proficiency is requisite
in the learner, but sound morals are most