August 01, 1903

Sacrificed to Eddyism.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(5):322-323. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480020030016

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Kansas City, Mo., July 14, 1903.

To the Editor:—I presume my indignation over and antagonism to the body known as Christian Scientists is but that of other members of the medical profession who have come in contact with them in case of serious illness and death, where their great assurance of power, though ignorance in reality, and criminality are demonstrated.

How we, an organized medical profession, and a civilized people, can or do permit them to continue to treat disease and surgical conditions in spite of common and frequent deaths due to their ignorance and neglect, is beyond comprehension! Yet I realize it is due no less to my tolerance than to that of thousands of others, both of the profession and the laity. We profess to have left behind us the Middle Ages with its superstitions, its atrocities and cruelties, but daily that period is being re-enacted in

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