Anticlerical and anti-faith medical trend

“In times of deep ignorance, which some would wish visited afresh on modern society, in the Middle ages, which some of our duly elected representative have chosen as an ideal, it was very easy indeed, taking advantage of peoples’ credulity to lead them to believe in ‘miracles’ that is to say in facts given as beyond natural laws. […] Louise Lateau, seized upon by Belgian miracle-workers in 1868, is considered by partisan admirers as presenting phenomena hitherto unknown to medicine and ascribed to a supernatural origin. This is factually wrong. We shall demonstrate it merely by summarising here the history of this unfortunate young woman on the basis of documents procured from orthodox sources and setting them against observations obtained from physicians who have had scientific dealings with the illnesses of the nervous system, and against facts we personally collected. (p.I-III)”