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Spiritual Healing

Healing by spiritual and religious as distinct from scientific and medical means; also called “faith- healing,” “divine healing.” The means, as well as prayer, sometimes are sacramental, viz., unction, imposition of hands, Eucharist. It is a matter of dispute how far suggestion and psychological influences are involved—e.g., some regard cures at Lourdes* or Holywell as due at least partly to suggestion.