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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460050018

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There is so much of the solemnly serious and dreary drudgery in this life of ours that when something funny happens, it is as the oasis to the weary traveler crossing the dreary desert. These funny things give one courage to go ahead in the grand work of living, and make one realize that this is not so bad a world after all. These exuberant thoughts are called forth by reading a heavy editorial in the Indian Medical Record, on "Christian Science." While the editorial is logical, full of sound reasoning, common sense and all that, the funny part comes at the close, when the editorial writer quotes " a noted divine, the Rev. John Alexander Dowie of Chicago," who criticizes "Christian Science" in most scathing terms, charging that it is antichrist, unchristian, unscriptural, self-contradictory, illogical, absurd and mercenary to the very core. While this is very funny, how much more

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