November 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450034006

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A "christian science" writer evidently wants to climb with his fad into the band-wagon. Noticing the improvement in mortality statistics during the past decade he immediately correlates it with the growth of his delusion. He says: "While investigators may ascribe this remarkable improvement to different causes, according to their point of view, these figures prove conclusively that at the same time that `christian science' has been sweeping over the country from end to end, health and longevity have made great conquests over sickness and death." It is a common observation in psychiatry that the morbid mind applies everything to itself and its own agency, and this utterance has much of that appearance. It was taken, however, from a communication to an insurance publication and there was probably an idea that it might pass for an argument or evidence in favor of Eddyism with insurance officials, who have not shown a

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