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This gift faded, however, and Edgar was only able to complete his seventh grade before he had 

to go to work.

By the age of twenty-one he had become the salesman for a wholesale stationery company. 

At this time he developed a gradual paralysis of the throat muscles, which threatened to cause 

the loss of his voice. When doctors were unable to find a physical cause for this condition, 

hypnosis was tried but failed to have any permanent effect. As a last resort Edgar asked a friend 

to help him re-enter the same kind of hypnotic sleep that had enabled him to memorize his 

schoolbooks as a child. His friend gave him the necessary suggestion, and once he was in a 

self-induced trance, Edgar came to grips with his own problem. Speaking from an unconscious 

state, he recommended medication and manipulative therapy which successfully restored his 

voice and repaired his system.

A group of physicians from Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky took advantage of his 

unique talent to diagnose their own patients. They soon discovered that Cayce needed to be 

given only the name and address of a patient, wherever he was, to be able to tune in tele- 

pathically to that individual's mind and body as easily as if they were both in the same room. He 

needed no other information regarding any patient.

One of the young M.D.'s, Dr. Wesley Ketchum, submitted a report on this unorthodox 

procedure to a clinical research society in Boston. On October 9, 1910, The New York Times 

carried two pages of headlines and pictures. From that day on troubled people from all over the 

country sought help from the "wonder man."

When Edgar Cayce died on January 3, 1945, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, he left the previously 

mentioned 14,000 documented stenographic records of the telepathic-clairvoyant statements he 

had given for more than 6000 different people over a period of 43 years. These readings 

constitute one of the largest and most impressive records of psychic perception ever to emanate 

from a single individual. Together with their relevant records, correspondence and reports, they 

have been cross-indexed under thousands of subject headings and placed at the disposal of 

psychologists, physicians, students, writers and investigators who still come, in increasing 

numbers, to examine them.

As an open-membership research, the Association continues to index and catalog the 

information, initiate investigation and experiments and promote conferences, seminars and 

lectures. Until the initiation of this paperback series, its published findings were made available 

only to its members through its own publishing facilities.

-Hugh Lynn Cayce

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