October 1951

The Physician Examines the Bible.

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By C. Raimer Smith, B.S., M.D., D.N.B. Price, $4.25. Pp. 394, with no illustrations. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1950.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(4):508. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040526017

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"The Physician Examines the Bible" proves one thing and that is that Dr. C. Raimer Smith is thoroughly familiar with his Bible. His conclusion "that the Bible is so accurate from the medical standpoint" is too often based on a forced interpretation of texts and is scarcely warranted at any point by our present-day knowledge of the conditions under which medicine was practiced in Bible times.

After all, the age-old definition that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" remains as today's truth. The conflict that has persisted in all times between science and the Bible has not been disturbed by Dr. Smith. The Bible lives in men's hearts as an expression of faith and of human needs—and would lose much of its authority if it were a mere recital of demonstrable facts.

The volume has a value to the revivalist and as

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