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October 5, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(14):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430400035008

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The health problems connected with religious faith, which in a large way are troubling the English authorities in their Eastern possessions, seem to be likely to be in evidence here on a smaller scale, if the Christian science and faith cure craze is not soon eradicated.

The report comes from Indianapolis that the alarming spread of diphtheria in that city has been found to be largely due to the practices of " Christian scientists " who have honeycombed whole districts with their doctrines, taking in among their proselytes not only the ignorant, but the fairly educated and intelligent classes. Not only have the cases been left without proper medical treatment and unreported, but the simplest sanitary precautions are disregarded and it is the custom of the believers to rendezvous at the bedsides of the sick, and go from house to house carrying the contagion, while refusing admission to health inspectors and claiming

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