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August 20, 1932

The Healing Cults. A Study of Sectarian Medical Practice: Its Extent, Causes and Control.

JAMA. 1932;99(8):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600073043

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Many of the studies made by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care may have seemed to physicians to be somewhat remote from any immediately practical service to the public. Such questions cannot, however, arise in relationship to the present volume. Here, unquestionably, is the most accurately assembled data thus far made available on sectarian practice. Dr. Reed points out that there are some 36,000 cult healers in the United States, including osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, manipulative and physical therapeutic healers of all types, and the numerous offshoots of Christian science and faith healing. For the worse than useless services of this remarkable group, the American people pay each year $125,000,000. When it is considered that this sum represents more money than is spent altogether for preventive medicine, a realization of what such waste means to the public begins to develop. The book is crammed with facts. Reed considers the

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