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September 2, 1899

HUMBUG AGAINST HUMBUG.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620051013

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Abstract

Chicago has been having a very refreshing exposé of the doings of Dowie and his followers during the past two or three weeks. The newspapers have been investigating the sect and have shown that this flourishing crowd has been working its followers and its victims unmercifully. While these revelations have not divulged anything that the members of the profession did not know, it has opened the eyes of the citizens to such an extent that Dowie will probably find it too hot to remain in Chicago. This note, however, is written to call attention to the fact that the "Christian Scientists" have become aware of the fact that the exposé of religious (?) healing might have a bad effect on them, and they have organized a society for the prevention of malpractice in spiritual healing. This amusing development reminds one very much of the thief-catch-thief idea. Just where the difference between

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