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August 24, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530080064011

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It is one of the common occurrences in the average physician's life work, especially if that work is being done in a city, to have as a patient some individual who makes it a point to sneer at physicians and to belittle medical practice. Poor old Dowie, who has now gone to his reward and whose "church" and its commercial appendages are, like their creator, now in process of dissolution, was most bitter in his denunciation of physicians—in public—so bitter, in fact, that his deluded followers would have died, and in many cases did die, rather than call in a physician. But he, the high priest of his cult, did not hesitate to call in a physician—in private—when he became ill. From Boston comes the news that Joseph Armstrong, a prominent Christian Scientist, manager of the Christian Science Journal and publisher of all the Christian Science literature, was needed to

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