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March 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):626-627. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460100048011

In their arguments against the proposed new medical law in Maryland the "Christian Scientists" made their usual claims of superiority to such little facts as infection, contagion, etc., before the committee that has the bill in charge.1 According to reports their statements rather startled the legislators. One said that in a community made up of adherents to their belief, quarantine and health departments would be unneeded as disease could not exist. Another said infection did not exist, and still another that "Christian Science" could prevent contagion. Many other statements equally startling could be brought out if these and other quacks were properly interrogated before legislative committees, and the chance of their recognition in medical practice laws would be considerably diminished. It is the average legislator's ignorance of their character that makes him so open to their demands for exemption or recognition by medical practice acts. In Maryland leading physicians