Doctor Hudson’s Secret Journal

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letters from its readers. These letters came from every state in the Union, every province in Canada, and from Great Britain. Reading clubs in Germany studied it. London preachers reviewed it in their pulpits. It has been translated into many languages. It has been on the air and on the motion-picture screen. By a highly conservative estimate two million persons have read Magnificent Obsession.
    Among the queries presented in those letters, several constantly recurred. One almost always found was this: “Is the complete Journal of Doctor Hudson available?”
    For several years it has been Mr. Douglas’s intention to answer that question in the affirmative.
    Doctor Hudson’s Secret Journal is not a sequel to Magnificent Obsession. It is rather an expansion of the philosophy that made Magnificent Obsession important, illumined by other experiences of Doctor Hudson’s than those recorded in the novel.
    The persons who found inspiration in Magnificent Obsession will, we believe, feel a deep satisfaction in seeing the tenth anniversary of that extraordinary book celebrated by the publication of Doctor Hudson’s Secret Journal.

Doctor Hudson’s Secret Journal
    (Decoded and typed by Robert Merrick, assisted by Nancy Ashford)
    Facsimile of the first page of the Hudson Journal
    Translation
    READER I CONSIDER YOU MY FRIEND AND COMMEND YOUR PERSEVERANCE HAVING ACHIEVED THE ABILITY TO READ THIS BOOK YOU HAVE ALSO THE RIGHT TO POSSESS IT MY REASONS FOR DOING THIS IN CIPHER WILL BE MADE PLAIN AS YOU PROCEED

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    Brightwood Hospital Detroit, Michigan
October 6, 1913, 11 P.M.
    T his has been an eventful day. We formally opened our new hospital this afternoon. The city’s medical profession was ably represented and many of our well-to-do philanthropists came for tea and a tour of inspection.
    Everybody commented on our astounding luck in disposing of the shabby old building in Cadillac Square for a quarter of a million. Lucky, they said, that our site had been chosen for the new skyscraping office building. And what a lucky dog I was, added the mayor, that this exquisitely landscaped four-acre tract came onto the market just as we had begun to look for a new location.
    I nodded an appreciative assent to all of these pleasant comments on my good luck, but felt rather traitorous; for it wasn’t luck. Nothing that has happened to me since June of 1905 could be properly called luck. I am in the grip of something that I don’t understand; but, whatever it is, there’s nothing capricious about it.
    But if I had blurted out some such remark to the mayor or good old Mrs. Arlington, or Nick Merrick, there would have been a lot of explaining to do (or dodge) so I cheerfully agreed with them that I was lucky. Had I told them the whole story about our acquirement of the new hospital, they would have thought me stark mad.
    Billy Werner called up from New York, about four, to offer congratulations and regret he could not be here. He said, “We’re square now, Doc,

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