When our critic talks of Christian Scientists having...

African World

When our critic talks of Christian Scientists having "the audacity" to treat cases the "symptoms of which they do not know," he is forgetting the interesting fact that there has hardly ever been a case of sickness healed in Christian Science, after the failure of the medical profession, the effect of which has not been belittled by the statement that the original diagnosis was a mistaken one. In the report of the Metropolitan Asylums Board for last year it is recorded that thirty-one hundred and eleven cases, wrongly diagnosed, were admitted to the Board's isolation hospitals, and the writer of the report goes on to remark that "it is much to be regretted that the number of cases of mistaken diagnosis is apparently on the increase."

In the light of these figures the doctor's adjectives become a little redundant, and one is tempted to consider the question why, instead of welcoming efforts for the amelioration of human suffering, some people always assume the hypothesis that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. Christian Scientists are perfectly well aware that if Christian Science is to increase and spread its healing more and more throughout the world, it will have to be because its treatment is proving practically more efficacious than that of other systems, and for this reason they have no time to spend in depreciating the efforts of their neighbors. They require all they have for the consecration of themselves to the labor of the great Cause which they have enlisted to support.

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