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February 9, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(6):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430060032006

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Moved thereto by the inadequacy of existing laws and ordinances to deal with the rapidly growing brood of " faith curists," " Christian scientists," et hoc genus omne, and more directly by the difficulty of suppressing a notorious fraud, the "Rev." John Alexander Dowie—a "faith healer" who has been successively, but not successfully, tackled by the State Board of Health for practicing medicine without a license, by the city authorities for maintaining an unsanitary establishment and concealing deaths occurring in his "tabernacle," and by one or more of his victims for obtaining money under false pretences —the Health Commissioner of Chicago, Dr. Arthur R. Reynolds, has succeeded in procuring the enactment of a municipal ordinance the enforcement of which should make short work with this tribe.

It forbids the establishment or maintenance within the city limits of any hospital, other than those of the United States, of the State, the county

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