150 THE LAW OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA.
prayer and religious faith, and the cures are as well authenticated as any fact in history or science.
The most prominent and important methods of healing the sick now in vogue may be briefly summarized as follows :
i. Prayer and religious faith, as exemplified in the cures performed at Lourdes and at other holy shrines. To this class also belong the cures effected by prayer alone, the system being properly known in this country as the Faith Cure and the Prayer Cure.
2. The Mind Cure, "a professed method of healing which rests upon the suppositions that all diseased states oi the body are due to abnormal conditions of the mind, and that the latter (and thus the former) can be cured by the direct action of the mind of the healer upon the mind ot the patient." 1
3. Christian Science. This method of healing rests upon the assumption of the unreality of matter. This assumed as a major premise, it follows that our bodies are unreal, and, consequently, there is no such thing as disease, the latter existing only in the mind, which is the only real thing in existence.
4. Spiritism, which is a system of healing based on the supposed interposition of spirits of the dead, operating directly, or indirectly through a medium, upon the patient.
5. Mesmerism. This includes all the systems of healing founded on the supposition that there exists in man a fluid which can be projected upon another, at the will of the operator, with the effect of healing disease by the therapeutic action of the fluid upon the diseased organism.
6. Suggestive Hypnotism. This method of healing rests upon the law that persons in the hypnotic condition are constantly controllable by the power of suggestion, and that by this means pain is suppressed, function modified, fever calmed, secretion and excretion encouraged, etc., and thus nature, the healer, is permitted to do the work of restoration.
Each of these schools is subdivided into sects, entertaining modified theories of causation, and employing modified
1 Century Dictionary.