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Edgar Cayce's First Miracle Reading

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by  Doug Simpson

This is the second article in a series of three articles about the early years when Edgar Cayce was uncovering and attempting to understand the unusual psychic abilities he had apparently been blessed with. If you have not previously read the first article, titled Edgar Cayce's Earliest Psychic Readings, I politely recommend that you first read that article. It can be located on the blog where you are now located.

After Edgar Cayce realized in 1901 that he could give medical readings, he proceeded with much reticence and caution because he truly did not understand how he was able to diagnose medical problems he had never heard of, after going into a self-directed hypnotic trance.  His primary concern was that he might harm or cause the death of some innocent person. Most of his earliest readings were for family members, friends, or residents of Edgar's hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, who had caught wind of his unusual, unexplained abilities. Approximately twenty-one months after Edgar had given his first psychic reading for his lost voice, he was put in contact with a well-to-do Hopkinsville resident by the name of Charles H. Dietrich, whose almost-six-year-old daughter Aime had regressed from being a bright two year old into a yet-undiagnosable state of arrested mental development and constant convulsions.

With the assistance of Al Layne, a Hopkinsville amateur hypnotist and unlicensed osteopath at the time, an initial reading and a few follow-up readings for fine tuning, were given to diagnose the cause of and remedy for Aime's unexplained condition. The notes from these readings were retained by the Dietrich family but at some point in time they were lost or thrown out. Years later, Edgar asked Charles Dietrich for a letter for his files outlining Aime's medical problems and their resolution, and the grateful Charles responded with a detailed sworn affidavit, which has been retained in the Edgar Cayce files since 1910.


R1. 10/8/10 Father's affidavit:

Edgar Cayce Jr. [Letterhead] [DS: Edgar's father's name was Leslie, so he was not truly Jr.  Leslie had a brother named Edgar, and when the local post office got tired of delivering mail to the wrong Edgar, Edgar inherited the Jr. notation to keep the post office happy.]
Psychic Diagnostician
Hopkinsville, Ky.

Cincinnati, Ohio

State of Ohio
Hamilton County S.S.

Personally appeared before, Gerrit J. Raidt, a notary public in and for said county, C. H. Dietrich, and after being duly sworn, deposes and says that:-

Aime L. Dietrich, born January, 7th, 1897, at Hopkinsville, Ky., was perfectly strong and healthy until Feb.1899, when she had an attack of La Grippe, followed by two violent convulsions, each of twenty minutes duration. Dr. T. G. Yates, now of Pensacola, Florida, was the attending  physician. Convulsions returned, at irregular intervals, with increasing severity. She would fall just like she was shot, her body would become perfectly rigid, the spells lasting from one to two minutes.

This went on for two years, or until she was four years old. At this time, she was taken to Dr. Linthicum in Evansville, Indiana, and Dr. Walker, also of Evansville, was consultant physician. They said a very peculiar type of nervousness was all that ailed her and proceeded to treat her accordingly, but after several months treatment, with no results, the treatment was stopped.

In a few months, Dr. Oldham [D.O.] of Hopkinsville, Ky. was consulted and he treated her three months, without results. Later he took her for four months more treatment, making seven months in all, but without results. She was now six years old and getting worse, had as many as twenty convulsions in one day, her mind was a blank, all reasoning power was entirely gone.

March 1st, 1902, she was taken to Dr. Hoppe of Cincinnati, O., who made a most thorough examination. He pronounced her a perfect specimen physically, except for the brain affection, concerning which he stated that only nine cases of this peculiar type were reported in Medical Records, and every one of these had proved fatal. He told us that nothing could be done, except to give her good care, as her case was hopeless and she would die soon in one of these attacks. At this period our attention was called to Mr. Edgar Cayce, who was asked to diagnose the case. By auto-suggestion, he went into a sleep or trance and diagnosed her case as one of congestion at base of the brain, stating also minor details. He outlined to Dr. A. C. Layne [Al C. Layne, D.O.], now of Griffin, Ga., how to proceed to cure her. Dr. Layne treated her accordingly, every day for three weeks, using Mr. Cayce occasionally to follow up the treatment, as results developed. Her mind began to clear up about the eighth day and within three months she was in perfect health, and is so to this day. This case can be verified by many of the best citizens of Hopkinsville, Ky. And further deponent, saith not.

Signed- C. H. Dietrich

Sworn to and subscribed before me, on this eighth day of  October, A.D. 1910

Gerrit J. Raidt, Notary Public, Hamilton Co., O.

It would be a gross understatement to say that the Dietrichs were thrilled, not beyond words, but rather into a state of everlasting praise for the talents of one Mr. Edgar Cayce.   Mrs. Dietrich went to the local press with her story, and Edgar’s fame spread far beyond the Hopkinsville area.  Aime went on to graduate from college at the top of her class.

Edgar would never forget the Aime Dietrich case, and it did wonders for his faith in his mysterious talents.

Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher from Canada.  Retirement has blessed him with the opportunity to pursue a second career as a writer and author. His article titled Jesus' Secret Healing appeared in the April-June 2010 Venture Inward Magazine. Doug may be contacted at  His website is at

© Doug Simpson 2010.

Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-2005 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.  Used by Permission, All Rights Reserved..


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