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December 21, 1912

Failure of Christian Scientists to Differentiate Dropsy and Pregnancy

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Chillicothe, Mo.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(25):2274. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270140078034

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To the Editor:  —Apropos of the wonderful cure (?) of Mabel Hite by the Christian Scientists as reported in The Journal (Nov. 23, 1912, p. 1896), I think that the report of a case in which I was called last month will be of interest. I was engaged by a man to attend his wife during her confinement, which was expected to occur in a few weeks. He said that they were Christian Scientists and gave me to understand that I would be called when labor began. In answer to my questions, he stated that his wife was feeling well and that all of the functions were normal. In due time I was hurriedly called, as the woman was said to be in labor. When I arrived at the house I was greatly shocked to find the patient sitting up but in a dying condition. On each side was a sister

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