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April 17, 1937

Mrs. Eddy Purloins from Hegel: Newly Discovered Source Reveals Amazing Plagiarisms in Science and Health

JAMA. 1937;108(16):1368-1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780160060028

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Mark Twain in 1907 challenged Mary Baker Eddy's authorship of Science and Health. The greatest humorist surmised that the source of much of Science and Health was some unknown author who died before his work gained public attention. Other students also have questioned Mrs. Eddy's authorship of Science and Health. The purpose of this small book by Walter M. Haushalter is to show that these skeptics were correct, as well as to show the source from which Mrs. Eddy "purloined" much of her famous book. In the long search for the possible original source of Science and Health conducted in the leading American libraries from coast to coast, every idealistic writing antedating 1870 was inspected. One day in Stoughton, Mass., some one recalled that a Mr. Minot Crane, formerly associated with Hiram Crafts, was a partner of Mrs. Eddy in an office for the practice of healing by mental means.

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