That is why it is important constantly to connect our teaching back to the important people in our history. Connecting with those people and stories helps us understand our lives and discern God’s direction for our future.
To that end, he wrote a medical text for the everyday person titled .
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The book detailed the current knowledge about home remedies and went through 32 editions, making it one of the most widely read books in England.
Many of Wesley’s cures and tips on healthy living remain widely accepted.
While some of his advice was wishful thinking, the most important part of his philosophy was his insistence on continual observation to support hypotheses.
Wesley boldly questioned modern doctors — how they sometimes treated humans like machines; that much of their “medicine” lacked merit and they lacked evidence to support its efficacy.
By the same token, some of Wesley’s beliefs certainly needed more supportive evidence.
For instance, Wesley recommended holding a puppy against the stomach to cure stomach pain.
He offered dried and powdered toad pills for asthma.
He also enjoyed regular dips in cold bathwater, thought to be a near panacea.
It sounds strange to us, but many leading minds during Wesley’s time, espoused these sorts of folk remedies.