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Medicine for the twenty-first century

From the October 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What kind of progress will the twenty-first century bring in the field of health care? What will be required? Surely the human family has a right to expect advances in freedom from disease. Health is a basic necessity of life for every person. But where will better health come from?

Medical education and technology, along with treatment through drugs, can appear impressive. And today in the media, medical reports seem more prevalent than ever, as do commercials for a variety of medicines. It can easily appear that material systems and remedies are the primary means for health care. At the same time, drug dependency, side effects, and overdoses are serious concerns. Supposedly incurable diseases and new forms of disease confront material medicine.

What should good medicine provide? Couldn't we reasonably expect health, dominion, freedom, and the conquering of disease, both for the individual and, ultimately, for mankind as a whole? The Bible shows what this medicine is. The Scriptures provide the model for care that is spiritual and totally reliable—healing through the power of God alone. The book of Jeremiah says, "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise."Jer. 17:14.

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