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November 9, 1918

"ATTITUDE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS IN THE PRESENT EPIDEMIC OF INFLUENZA"

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Chicago. Christian Science Committee on Publication.

JAMA. 1918;71(19):1603. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600450079025

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In quoting from an incomplete and incorrect report of an announcement in which Christian scientists were urged by the Christian science board of directors to help their country meet the epidemic situation, a physician's letter in your issue of October 19 is misleading. By implication this writer seeks to give the mistaken impression that Christian scientists do not observe the regulations of the health authorities.Christian scientists are widely known to be law abiding citizens. They are taught not to disregard the differing views of others, and to observe the orders of duly constituted authority relating to quarantine and contagion. The churches in Boston were not ordered closed by health authorities —merely requested—and in maintaining its services the mother church was in accord with the view of our Chicago health authorities who held that church services were deemed necessary to the maintenance of the public morale.

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