Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) was a lifelong resident of Belfast, ME and a clockmaker, by trade. From the late 1840s until the time of his transition, he wrote down his own particular philosophical, psychological and metaphysical views on life, death, health, religion and the mind. His early studies of hypnosis, then called mesmerism, led him later on to develop his unique method of healing for both mental and physical affirmities. Proud of his New England heritage, passionate in his love of liberty and equality for all, outspoken in his admonitions against what he considered aristocracy and priestcraft, empathetic toward the sick and suffering, he recorded his experiences, experiments and case studies of his own life journey's explorations into humanity and spirituality, in order to leave behind, for us, what he found, for himself, to be universally applicable truths, for the benefit of all mankind. For this reason, he wrote this book. (Larger Print Edition, 12PT Font) (Softcover).
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The Quimby Collection is preserved in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at the University of Boston, MA. There you will find one cardboard box consisting of the original hand-written journals of Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, the most significant and reliable resource for any form of publication of Quimby's writings. In addition to Dr. Quimby's personal journals, the researcher will find letters written to and from Quimby's patients and friends, along with other articles, including poetry, not all of which are written in Dr. Quimby's handwriting. Also within this collection are scanned copies of the original writings from the journals, as well as type-written copies and copies of these copies, also available for viewing on microfilm. For verification purposes, the editors of this publication of the Quimby writings have examined the Howard Gotlieb collection and, in addition, have extensively reviewed previous Quimby publications, including those of editors Annetta Dresser, Horatio Dresser, Erroll Stafford Collie, Ann Bellow Hawkins and Ervin Seale, the reference sources of which are listed in the back of this book. Dr. Quimby wanted his writings to be edited and published during his own lifetime, but for one reason or another, this did not happen. His writings first appeared in book form in 1921 when Horatio Dresser published "The Quimby Manuscripts." However, this compilation of Quimby's works was not complete. In the mid 1940s, additional unpublished writings by Quimby were donated to the Boston University by members of the Quimby family, and over forty years later, in 1988, these were published, along with the other available writings, in a three-volume set. These volumes also contain writings of others, in addition to those of Dr. Quimby, and due to the larger sized font, extra spacing between lines, excess white space and duplication of articles, the contents filled three volumes. There are also many clerical errors throughout the text, which are not part of Dr. Quimby's original writings. The editors of this publication of The Complete Collected Works have carefully inspected and compared the material content of Quimby's previously published writings and have corrected any misspelled words and clerical errors, as well as inserted punctuation and paragraph stylization, where appropriate. Duplicate articles have been excluded. Parentheses have been used around words appearing in consecutive order within the text, only in those places where Dr. Quimby intended them to be used either synonymously or interchangeably. We did this in order to facilitate a smoother reading experience and to assist in the reader's understanding of the writings. In no case were the actual words of Dr. Quimby altered, not even for grammatical reasons. Dr. Quimby used many quotes from the Bible, very often paraphrased in his own style. Although we are very well aware that he does not always quote the Bible verses verbatim, we have here included his interpolations within quotation marks, for editorial purposes. Sometimes Quimby chose to capitalize certain words, and in other places did not capitalize the same words, such as Science, Wisdom, Truth, etc. In this publication, for the most part, we have capitalized words as is commonly customary. In addition, the Lecture Notes, which were originally written in a form entitled Booklets 1-7, are here presented under fourteen descriptive subtitles, appearing in the same order of the original lecture material. Other than these few exceptions, all of the text is recorded exactly as Quimby wrote it, to the best of our knowledge. For convenience, we have numbered the articles. We, the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Philosophical Society and editors of this book, are honored to be of service to the public, and most of all to Dr. Quimby, in publishing The Complete Collected Works of Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby in one book, for the very first time - his own book.From the Author:
"My object in introducing this work to the reader is to correct some of the evils that flesh is heir to. During a long experience in the treatment of disease, I have labored to find the causes of so much misery in the world.
By accident, I became interested in what was then called mesmerism; not thinking of ever applying it to any useful discovery or benefit to man, but merely as a gratification for my own curiosity. In this way, I went into the investigation of the subject.... I shall endeavor to give a fair account of my investigations, and what I have had to contend with, and show how I succeeded.
I have said many things in regard to medical science, but all that I have said was called out by my patients being deceived by the profession. The same is true of the religious profession. Every article was written under a very excited state, brought about by some wrong inflicted on my patient by the medical faculty, the clergy or public opinion.
All my arguments are used to correct some false opinion that has affected my patient in the form of disease; mentally or physically. In doing this, I have to explain the Bible, for their troubles arise from a wrong belief in certain passages. When I am sitting by a patient, those passages that trouble them, trouble me. The passage comes to me with the explanation; and I, as a man, am not aware of the answer, until I find it out. So I cannot be responsible for the exact words, but the meaning that the author had, I feel certain I shall give....
It is to the sick and not to the well, that this is written; to open their eyes, so that they can see how they have been deceived."
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