Christian Science and Progressive Physicians

The authoritative pronouncements of many speakers at the late medical convention in Boston certainly furnish food for thought, and in many respects they give promise of better things. Especially is this manifest in the readiness with which the facts are being recognized by leading physicians, however unsavory and discouraging they may be. For example: a distinguished gentleman from abroad who is rated as one of the leading authorities of Europe on the treatment of cancer, conceded that its present medicinal and surgical treatment is altogether experimental, that old methods must be discarded and new ones found. Another physician declared that "the United States Pharmacopæia is a relic of mediæval barbarism, and is still crowded with things which belong with the stuffed alligator." Commenting upon the above statements, the editor of a leading daily has well said that these are startling admission "for those who take the prescriptions."

The dilemma of the honest, doctor is a serious one. He has been educated to think that his healing art is a science; that its asserted specifics have been divinely provided, and that his ministry is therefore of the highest significance to humanity. He is now discovering that its most intelligent exponents are led to speak of the practice of his profession as but an oft-repeated experiment which gives no suggestion of a divine ordering, and which has proved to be wholly unequal to the occasion. While recognizing the seriousness of the position in which physicians are placed, Christian Scientists, can but rejoice that the awakening to truth is thus advancing, and that it has already rendered general thought accessible as never before to the healing Science of Christianity. Both the physicians and their patients are seeing that drug-treatment is wholly unscientific; that the nostrum used is relatively unimportant; that the "providential provision" idea respecting materia medica has wholly broken down, and that physical ills are manifestation of a false mental state which can be rectified by Truth alone.

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Promises of Good
July 7, 1906
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