Chapter 7: A Postscript

1. What three methods are offered by the medical symposium participants in explanation for mental and faith healing?

2. What is Alexander’s objection to cure by faith or conversion?

3. What underlies the concept of healing by suggestion, and why does Alexander dismiss it as useful?

4. By what is the medical profession being held back, and to what does it cling?

5. What is of first importance in healing?

6. Why is cure by religious faith more widespread than cure by faith in other means?

7. What does Alexander mean by faith?

8. In what two directions is an act of faith operative on the mental processes?

9. How does the emotional effect work?

10. What effect does the breaking down of old habits of thought produce in some cases?

11. Why should we seek to dismiss the act of faith?

12. Why is faith healing dangerous in its practice and uncertain in its results?

13. With what would Alexander replace faith healing?

14. By what means may we rise above the powers of all disease and physical disabilities?

Thought Question

1. Alexander quotes a review of a translation of Professor Kern’s book which says “Professor Kern firmly maintains there is a continual transformation of mental into bodily processes in action during our whole life” (p.39-40). What does it mean for a mental process to become purely bodily and mechanical? What is the mechanism by which this can happen? If mental processes can become “bodily” can bodily processes become “mental?” If “the bodily and mental series are at bottom identical,” why do we persist in speaking of “mind” and “body” at all?