The Symptoms of Disease


This article is nearly identical to "How Does the Mind Produce Disease?"


October 1859


by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby


I will give the symptoms of a person who called on me to be examined. The upper part of his body above his hips felt so large that his legs were not strong enough to carry the weight. Therefore he complained of weakness in his knees. This idea of weakness, etc., was his mind, for there never was any strength or knowledge in his knees, of themselves, any more than there is power in a lever, of itself. If the lever or legs had to create its own power, his body would never move. Therefore, if his body ever moved, it must be by some power independent of his knees or legs.

There is such a thing as pressure, but pressure is not power; for if it moves, it is not pressure, for it contains motion, and motion is another element, independent of pressure. These two elements together are called "mechanical power;" so mind or matter agitated is called "spiritual power." Neither matter nor mind contains any knowledge. Now as this man's mind or matter was in a state that it contained motion or error, for error is motion, not knowledge, it was not all pressure.

Now as health is the enjoyment of all our faculties, any foreign substance trigs the wheels, so as to retard the motion; so error trigs the mind or retards the motion. This was the state of this man's body. Now to put this man in full possession of his faculties is to remove the burdens that bind him down. These burdens are the effect of error having control of the mind or matter. These errors are made of mind or matter first formed into an opinion; then comes reason; then comes disease or death, accompanied with all the misery the idea contains.

— Oct. 1859.

P. P. Quimby

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