"COMPARISONS ARE ODOROUS"

On page 327 of this issue we copy from the news columns of the New York World an article which deals with recent criticisms of Christian Science. The reason for the statements made in the article is, as explained, that a short time ago the World compiled a list of thirty-two children who were alleged to have died under Christian Science treatment during the past thirteen years, not in New York city alone, but in the entire country.

Whether or not the list was authentic or complete we do not know, but as the article was intended to discredit Christian Science, it is probably safe to assume that all available instances were included, yet what do we find? Simply that the failure of Christian Science treatment in the cases of children, during thirteen years and in the entire country, averaged about two and one half per year, while the failures of all other kinds of practice, or no practice, in the cases of children in one year and in one city alone, were over twenty-seven thousand. It may be claimed that some percentage of these twenty-seven thousand did not receive medical treatment, and this is probably true, but we should have to concede that ninety per cent of these cases failed to receive medical treatment (which is not true) in order to bring the ratio of failures of medical practice and the failures of Christian Science practice down to a thousand to one; and even then the proportion would be on an unequal basis, because the medical failures are counted in only one city, while the failures of Christian Science practice are counted in the whole country. As a matter of fact the ratio, according to the figures of the World and the official figures quoted by Mr. Strickler, is over ten thousand in one city to one in the whole country.

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