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November 19, 1904

IS IT HERESY FOR AN EDDYITE TO HAVE SUPERFLUOUS HAIR REMOVED?

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1556. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210046010

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Abstract

In our medicolegal items is mentioned a curious case recently decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan. It appears that the plaintiff, a believer in Eddyism, sought and obtained instruction in the art of mental healing. The defendant stood high in the cult, but the pupil found himself unbenefited by the teaching, and present and absent healing in his hands a failure. In other words, he found the instruction of the profitess profitless. Hence the suit to recover the money paid to the instructor. It appeared from the testimony that the defendant had suffered from hypertrichosis, and had employed a physician to remove the superfluous hair from her face. This, it was claimed, showed belief in disease, and, therefore, lack of faith in Eddyism, which rendered the defendant practically an impostor and vitiated her instruction as a teacher of Eddyite healing. The decision, however, was for the defendant, since two

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