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To the Editor:
—May I be permitted to correct a misstatement regarding the teachings of Christian Science which appeared in your issue of October 13 under the caption "Science," namely, that "for the Christian Scientist, germs do not exist; the tubercle bacillus is but a creature of the medical man's disordered fancy." Christian Science does not teach that germs exist only in the mind of the medical man. It teaches that disease, like physicality itself, is in the realm of false belief, and that is where it needs to be corrected or "cured" and not by something administered to the body. The Journal appears to consider such teaching as worthy only of a sneer; but it should not be forgotten that the profession, as a whole, is granting a constantly increasing importance to mental causes, such as fear, in the production even of germ diseases.Our critic implies that to
Coonley A. "SCIENCE". JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1641. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460067020