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February 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(7):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480070031010

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In Michigan recently, a Wayne County coroner's jury returned the following verdict in the case of a believer in Eddyism who died without medical attendance:

We find the deceased came to his death as a result of a complication of diseases, mostly acute in form and character, and that his end was untimely and most miserable, owing to his being denied the medical supervision and treatment which by the common consensus of the best opinions of the most enlightened of mankind and the accumulated experience of all time has demonstrated to be necessary and imperative in the proper prevention of disease and death, and the humane amelioration of human suffering. We find inhuman treatment accorded said deceased was by a so-called sect of "christian scientists" in disregard of all basic and physiological laws.

We have more than once had occasion to criticise the decisions of coroner's juries and it is

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