CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BEFORE THE LAW

New York Law Journal

[From the New York Law Journal, the official law paper of New York city, we republish the following, under the above title.]

The death of Mr. Harold Frederic, in London, and the arraignment of persons attending him during his last illness upon a charge of manslaughter, have served to direct universal attention to the subject of Christian Science. Some of the newspapers have contained articles, not only approving of the criminal charge preferred in the present case, but also advocating legislation specifically prohibiting the practice of real or supposed therapeutic arts by Christian Scientists. We doubt whether the latter suggestion would be practicable or just. Christian Science has already been brought into court in this country several times. Probably the most recent American case touching the subject is State v. Mylod, in the Supreme Court of Rhode Island (July. 1898, 40 Atl. R., 15). It was therein held that the use of Christian Science teachings and principles for the healing of disease did not constitute the "practice of medicine" within the statute of that State, prohibiting the practice of medicine without a license. By way of argument, the court makes the remark that, "if the practice of Christian Science is the practice of medicine, Christian Science is a school of medicine, and is entitled to recognition by the State Board of Health to the same extent as other schools or systems of medicine." This is substantially the legal position claimed by the Christian Scientists themselves.

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