Violated no Law


Christian Scientists are not obliged to take out licenses to practise medicine, according to Judge Elliott, and neither Mary Brookins nor Albert P. Myer, though indicted for this omission, can be prosecuted. The cases against them were, on that account, formally dismissed this morning. In sustaining the demurrer to the indictment Judge Elliot stated that it was not the intention of the legislature to classify Christian Science in the practice of medicine when framing the statue relating to that matter, or it would have been worded differently. If the legislature wished to consider Christian Science as a school of medicine and place it under restrictions as such, the desire must be more plainly indicated in order to be effective.

Miss Brookins and Albert P. Myer are well known in Christian Science circles in this city. They were called in by the Kerns family in North Minneapolis to treat a little boy. The child died and later it developed that he had been suffering from diphtheria. A great commotion was created in the neighborhood, and official circles were also disturbed. Out of the agitation came the indictments against Miss Brookins and Mr. Myer for practising medicine without licenses. This was the only charge upon which there was any show of holding them for trial, and now that it has failed to hold the incident is probably closed.

Journal, Minneapolis, Minn, November 20, 1899.

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