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June 16, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1566-1567. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460240058011

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A Wisconsin police magistrate recently fined two "Christian Science" healers for illegal practice of medicine. The usual defense, that their methods did not constitute the practice of medicine, did not succeed with the judge, who held that any kind of treatment of the sick for a fee comes under the provisions of the law; that when "Christian Science," which as a religious belief is entitled to toleration, undertakes to treat the sick it should do so under the sanction and conditions of the law, and failing this, its practitioners are liable to its penalties. The decision will probably be appealed and may go to the supreme court and become a leading case. If that should occur, we have no doubt that the opportunity to ventilate the methods of this delusion will be fully improved and we trust the higher Wisconsin court will follow the same course as has this police

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