Quimby, Phineas Parkhurst

Quimby, Phineas Parkhurst,

1802–66, American mental healer, b. Lebanon, N.H. He became interested in mesmerism and gave exhibitions of that art in New England and New Brunswick. He then turned to mental healing and gained a large and important following. Quimby is, however, best known through the controversy that later arose as to the influence of his thought and his doctrines on Mary Baker EddyEddy, Mary Baker,
1821–1910, founder of the Christian Science movement, b. Bow, N.H. As physical frailty prevented her regular school attendance, she spent the early part of her education learning at home from her brother Albert Baker.
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 and on Christian Science. The problem is unsolved. Quimby's Questions and Answers appeared in 1862. His name and teaching remained influential long after his death.

Bibliography

See biography by A. B. Hawkins (1970).

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