Your review rather leaves the impression that Christian Scientists...

Philadelphia Inquirer

Your review rather leaves the impression that Christian Scientists cling to their religious belief, to the exclusion of medical treatment, through a fanatical sense of faith in prayer, rather than upon what is believed to be a rational reliance upon medicine.

The average Christian Scientist has had a surfeit of medicine. In many instances he has been reclaimed through Christian Science from a condition of almost hopeless disease. He discards medicine for something better, and naturally prefers to share with his family the benefits of his own experience. If the results did not justify this proceeding in the Christian Science household, it would be speedily deserted and the family physician recalled, for the average Christian Scientist shows at all times a determination to live and enjoy good health. The children of such a household are by no means permitted to suffer without proper attention. Their ailments are carefully looked after and corrected through Christian Science treatment, and the slightest evidence of the presence of contagious or infectious disease is deemed sufficient reason for calling upon a licensed physician to diagnose and report such cases, thus bringing these diseases directly under the supervision of public health authorities.

In their faithful effort to banish disease from thought and conversation, the members of Christian Science households maintain a better order of health and happiness than before awakening to the necessity of excluding from the thought what one does not desire to have manifested physically.

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