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July 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(1):22. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480270026006

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Mr. Alfred Farlow, who is, we believe, the official champion of the "profitess," has written a letter to one of our contemporaries objecting to the usage by it of the terms Eddyism and Eddyite, which he characterizes as very discourteous and undesirable. He suggests none more desirable, however, and no one with any proper notions of Christianity or of science can see any propriety in the designation chosen by the sect. It is customary, on the other hand, to immortalize the founders of a faith by attaching their names to their doctrines and followers; therefore, we see nothing discourteous in using the terms Eddyism and Eddyite for the otherwise nondescript doctrine and its adherents. It is the best descriptive term that has yet been offered, and if Mr. Farlow and his associate followers of "Mother Eddy" are ashamed of her name it will be in order for them to give

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