Experience in Dealing with Contagious Diseases

It may be of interest to the workers in the Field to know something of the experiences of others in dealing with so-called contagious diseases. After sixteen years' experience in Christian Science work I can unhesitatingly say that I have never known of a case of contagion follow in a household where the patient was treated in Christian Science; and I have never known within the range of my own experience or observation of but one case attended with fatal results, and in that case there were peculiar and unusual difficulties.

During the last few years I have recommended obedience to the state laws as advised by our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, and in one town there have been a number of severe ailments amongst children who were not Christian Scientists, but none had been reported by the physicians attending them.

At length a little child in a Christian Science family was taken ill, and it was recommended that the case be reported to the Health Board, as indications seemed to point strongly to scarlet fever. There were several children in the family, and when the doctor called he at once diagnosed the case as scarlet fever, and the house was ordered to be placarded and the family quarantined. It was then learned for the first time that this malady had been prevailing in the town for a considerable time, but had been concealed by the physicians, who were all believers in contagion, and this Christian Science household was the first to obey the requirements of the state law. The child was treated absently and progressed in a way that surprised every one, and none of the other children manifested any symptoms of the disease. The representative of the Health Board called daily, and although no drugs were employed in the case, he watched it with very great interest and was most kind and courteous all the time and took up the reading of our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

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March 28, 1901

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