May I be allowed to say a word with reference to the...

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May I be allowed to say a word with reference to the letter of the editor of the British Medical Journal in your last issue—of course without any wish to reopen the controversy, but simply in explanation? Anybody who will read the letter I wrote to you will be able to see that I quoted the British Medical Journal in proof of the fact that the evidence, which he ignored, of Mr. Wilding was as available for Mr. Paget as that of the numerous anonymous American doctors which he was at pains to get. I should be the last to attempt to strain the meaning of any editorial in the British Medical Journal, which has always fought Christian Science strenuously but fairly, and by fairly I mean by showing a readiness to insert Christian Science replies. At the same time, in writing that that paper admitted Mr. Wilding's qualifications. I have nothing to withdraw. It admitted that he was a M.R.C.S. and an L.R.C.P. These degrees, I presume, constitute his qualifications. If they do not, the qualifications of every doctor who gives evidence against Christian Science is open to question, and what shall we say of Mr. Paget, who quotes as authorities on Christian Science two gentlemen who are manifestly not Christian Scientists? The truth is that the argument of the British Medical Journal is the most crushing indictment of Mr. Paget and the medical profession. If Mr. Wilding, holding his degrees, is not qualified to diagnose and report on the cases in question, what is medical diagnosis worth? And why should we accept Mr. Paget's anonymous medical men as witnesses against Christian Science?

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