March 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100064010

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We were aware that the California legislature has had some queer propositions before it in the form of bills, and it therefore does not cause much surprise that it has followed the lead of some other state legislatures in putting "Christian Scientists" on an equality as regards medical practice with other recognized schools of medicine. The chief arguments that affected the intelligent legislators were that these scientists were a numerous and good class of people, which, as the Sacramento Bee says editorially, "would have been as pertinent regarding a bill enabling the inmates of the various lunatic asylums of the country to practice medicine." As that paper says, "it is doubtful whether the intelligent legislators who advocated and voted for the bill ever read any of Mrs. Eddy's books, or even know who she is"; and it gives for their benefit a little brief account of the "profitess" and her

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