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July 29, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(5):297. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450570055016

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Under the new medical act "Christian Scientist healers," etc., are, for the first time, given a legal status in Illinois. The act contains the following clause explicitly prohibiting interference with them: "This act shall not apply to any person who ministers to or treats the sick or suffering by mental or spiritual means without drugs or material remedy." Under this act the "Christian Scientist" has full right to practice without supervision or control by any authorities. Whatever may be said about this backward step in medical legislation, it must be admitted that unrestricted practice of "Christian Science" and faith healing is likely to have some queer developments. One phase, interesting from the veterinary standpoint, has lately occurred in Paterson, N. J. The "Scientist" failed to make a diagnosis in the case of a cow that was in extremis when he arrived. After "three sittings of profound meditation" the cow, however,

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