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March 24, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(12):759. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460120055014

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A Detroit physician has been applying the argumentum ad hominem to the "Christian Scientists," by proposing to give them hypodermic injections of substances the effects of which on the system are known, and letting them try to nullify them by faith. This is a perfectly fair proposition, and if their faith really amounted to anything they ought to be willing to submit to such experimentation, but, so far, none have responded to the challenge. Such a test as this even when only proposed ought to demonstrate the fraud to the very simplest minded, and yet the Eddyites and Dowieites will continue to flourish. If language was given, as Talleyrand said, for the purpose of concealing thoughts, reason must have been given some men for the purpose of making fools of themselves; at least that would explain "Christian Science" and its vagaries. If, as has been remarked by the Detroit Free

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