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November 23, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(21):1777-1778. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530210049006

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In the Congregationalist, November 16, appears a review of an advance copy of a book entitled "Christian Science and Physical Healing" by Rev. Lyman P. Powell, rector of the Episcopal Church of Northampton, Mass. This book is declared by the editors of the Congregationalist to be "one of the most valuable contributions on the subject that has yet been made." An examination of a summary of the book would seem to justify this opinion. In no sense is it a vituperative or sensational attack on Eddyism, but simply a thorough, scientific investigation of its claims and characteristics.

In summarizing Mrs. Eddy's case the author states that she makes three claims for Christian Science: first, that it is "the most effective curative agent in medical practice;" second, that it is "Jesus' way of healing;" third, that it was "abandoned in the early centuries by the Christian church and, after being revived

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