In a recent issue of the American Dr. Nathan 'Herman...

Baltimore (Md.) American

In a recent issue of the American Dr. Nathan 'Herman expressed an opinion regarding the authenticity of Christian Science cures, and writes exhaustively on the subject of diagnosis as a means of ascertaining the real nature of disease, for the purpose of determining just what Christian Science has accomplished. I have had many years' experience in Christian Science practice, and have oftentimes come in contact with medical diagnosis. I know a case that was examined by ten physicians, each of whom gave a different name to the disease. Disagreements in diagnosis occur every day. Although Christian Scientists have no quarrel with the medical fraternity, we believe they are justified in affirming that until the doctors can show a greater degree of proficiency in diagnosis, little would be accomplished toward an exact test of Christian Science healings by medical examinations.

A short time ago a Christian Scientist healed a case which an eminent physician had pronounced an abscess on the liver. Having occasion to use this testimony as an evidence of the efficacy of Christian Science. the patient asked the physician for a certificate. His reply was that he remembered that the patient was sick, but could not recall the fact that she had abscess on the liver. A doctor had treated for a considerable length of time a case which he had pronounced tuberculosis of the lungs. As a last resort the patient turned to Christian Science and was healed. The physician then declared that the woman did not have consumption: that this was a case of mistaken diagnosis, for if she had had consumption she could not have been healed by mental treatment. We will cite one more case. A child under Christian Science treatment died within thirty-six hours after it was taken sick, supposedly with diphtheria. A doctor declared that if the case had been in the hands of a physician in its incipiency the child's life could have been saved. The same physician was called upon to treat a case of throat disorder. He first named various troubles in his speculations regarding the case, and at the end of three days decided that the child had diphtheria. The child died, but no complaint was made. In such a case, if the result depends upon the sort remedies administered, we think we are justified in our unwillingness to allow the result of Christian Science to be determined by medical diagnosis, especially so long as our friends of the medical fraternity manifest such poor memory and so many shortcomings in diagnosis....

February 29, 1908

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