The past history of medicine has furnished many and diverse anomalies in the line of methods of treatment, and the present day has brought many queer practices to light. By an odd coincidence most of the modern vagaries have for their basis a religious idea or thought. They endeavor to supplant material treatment by a spiritual or religious agency. At least, the advocates of these methods endeavor to use the Bible as their text-book on modern medicine. An effort is made to substitute the Word of God for the efforts of man, and hence the very natural conclusion that the agency of man is entirely unnecessary and even presumptuous.
It is a great mistake on the part of the medical profession to ignore these peculiar people. It is equally unwise to abuse or uselessly antagonize them. Some of them are honest in their beliefs, and it should therefore be the
JOHN CHADWICK OLIVER. "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE" AND ALLIED FADS.THE ATTITUDE THAT SHOULD BE ASSUMED BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(24):1363–1365. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450510012003c