Contagion   Leave a comment

Crowd of people In the second half of the 19th century Mary Baker Eddy, writer and religious leader,  was researching the connection between health and consciousness.  In 1883 she wrote an article entitled Contagion which still has profound implications for individual and community health today:

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s. …

The full text of this article can currently be accessed on JHS-online by following this link.

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