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November 19, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210049006

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"Christian science," which may have been prophetically referred to by St. Paul when he wrote to Timothy about "science falsely so called," has apparently made itself amenable to the criminal law in England by the proceedings that preceded and it would seem safe to say directly caused or insured the death of an eminent litterateur. The sacrifice of one valuable life has at last called the attention of the public to the delusions which might perhaps have worked disaster to many more obscure individuals without such effect.

It seems strange that a man of culture, of such penetrative judgment, as some of his writings would imply, as Harold Frederic should have been a willing victim to what ought to seem to any practically minded man a very transparent delusion. While the fact is hard to account for, assuming him to have been in mental health, something may be allowed for

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