Dalrymple’s latest BMJ column:
When I was a student I attended a public faith healing meeting. I went as a joke, but what I saw angered me. The American evangelist—to my eyes obviously a crook—told the hopeless cases assembled there that if they believed deeply and sincerely enough they would be cured. They weren’t, and therefore it was their own fault. I found it cruel, repellent, and grossly exploitative.Read the rest here (purchase required)
I grew less ill disposed to faith healing when I attended the annual ceremony of the Black Christ of Esquipulas in Guatemala many years later…
I wish it didn’t cost $20, I really want to read it.
A medical university library or a library at a teaching hospital which has internet access might prove a good alternative to paying.