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March 18, 1899


Author Affiliations

Senior Surgeon Mercy Hospital; Professor of Clinical Surgery Northwestern University Medical School; Consulting Surgeon Michael Reese Hospital. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(11):578-581. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450380003002a

By common impulse the discussion of theologic opinions in a medical journal is felt to be abhorrent to good taste. Christian Science, however, intrudes itself upon us both as a religion and healing art inextricably mixed together. Moreover, it uses its peculiar theology as a weapon to attack the science of medicine, and with it all the other physical sciences. It is right, therefore, to outline its theology with its appended therapeutic methods, but I shall not dispute about the truth or error of those of its ideas which are merely theologic.

The scheme has come to the front at a favorable time. Eclecticism and homeopathy have lost their sharp separateness and are seeking to merge themselves into general medicine. This leaves a vacancy, and Christian Science promptly steps in to fill it. Most physicians know something of it, but few have any full and clear information of its character,