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November 19, 1904

EDDYISM AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1555-1556. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210045008

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Abstract

It is sometimes said, by those charitably inclined people who are ready to find excuses for others, that Eddyites scarcely deserve to be condemned so unsparingly as they often are, since at most they harm only themselves. This, of course, does not take into account that the most faithful members of the sect insist on exposing their families to whatever danger they themselves may incur because of their disbelief in disease and in modern medical methods. A case recently occurred in Connecticut, in which once more it has been made very clear how much risk to the community believers in the Mrs. Eddy cult may invite by their refusal to recognize the necessity for hygienic precautions and to obey sanitary regulations.

The occurrence was at Stamford, and it involved the death of one child and the exposure of many persons to diphtheria. In one of the public schools, a little

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