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November 23, 1918

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

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Flint, Mich.

JAMA. 1918;71(21):1766. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600470064028

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —"The churches in Boston were not ordered closed by health authorities—merely requested," writes Walter H. Van Zwoll to The Journal, November 9. What were the Eddyites waiting for? A club? Mr. Hoover's early requests for food conservation were accepted at once by a large proportion of the American people. The more definite regulations and prohibitions did not appear until some time later. This cheerful compliance was a source of marvel to the New York correspondent of L'Illustration, Paris, who thereupon made the flattering comment, "I have said not once but twenty times that this is the best disciplined nation on the face of the earth—a request from the top is all that is necessary."According to Carl Ackerman, the Eddyites in Berlin also believed in food conservation, but for an altogether different purpose. Immediately after the outbreak of war they laid by in store provisions in such

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