A Trial in Switzerland

We are indebted to W. D. McCrackan, C.S.B., for the following interesting account of a trial of two Christian Scientists in a court in Switzerland. Mr. McCrackan writes that he made the translation from two newspaper accounts and from the brief of the defendants.

On May 2, 1902, Mr. R. Kilchsperger and Mrs. Pauline H. Koch, Christian Scientists, appeared in the First Circuit Court of Zurich, Switzerland, to appeal against a fine which had been imposed upon them for violating an old medical law on the Statute Books of that Canton,—the "Canton" in the Swiss political organization corresponding to the State in our own. This medical law dates from 1854 and is one of the most drastic which can be imagined. It reads:

"Nobody is allowed to follow the vocation of physician, druggist, veterinary surgeon, or midwife, or to in any way occupy himself with the healing of disease in man or beast, or with child-birth, or with the preparation and sale of medicines without having obtained legal authority to do so."

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The Ethics of Christian Science
June 26, 1902

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