absent treatment

noun

Definition of absent treatment

:treatment of a disease or condition provided (as through prayer) by one who is not present
  • The fever went down, and the boy rested well all night. Next morning it went up again, so I called the practitioner on the telephone, and she gave him an absent treatment.
  • —Minnie CollinsChristian Science JournalApril 1919
  • But those absent treatments, they fascinated me. Weige treated patients that he never saw. Did it with what he called a concentrated thought force. Give him a description of an ailing person, and the person's symptoms, and he'd treat the person simply by thinking about him, even if he were miles away.
  • —Leon HaleHouston Chronicle4 July 2010

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First Known Use of absent treatment

1886


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