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December 22, 1917

"PRAYERS FOR PROFIT"

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(25):2139. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590520061026

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —An item headed "Prayers for Profit" in The Journal for June 9 has come to my attention. Its occasion is The Journal's satisfaction over the recent defeat of a proposed amendment to the laws of Ohio legalizing spiritual healing.Permit me to correct the statement which it contains, that "it is well known" that Christian Science practitioners treat their patients "for the profit there is in it." It is not well known for it is not true, neither is there evidence on which to base the charge, nor the allied charge that the church is "evidently commercial." On the contrary, Christian Scientists are well known to their neighbors throughout the world to be an honest and conscientious body of people not given to charlatanism of any sort.But the criticism of The Journal manifestly arises, neither from the fact that Christian Scientists are paid for their healing

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