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The numerous efforts made to force medical or health...
The numerous efforts made to force medical or health legislation of a certain kind through the various legislatures have attracted very little popular attention. Thanks to the American disposition to look askance at efforts to obtain class legislation, those who have sought to place restrictive and repressive measures on the statutes to the injury of their fellow-citizens have almost invariably failed. But the efforts in this direction have been unremitting, and while the legislation sought has, as a rule, been refused, the interest demanding it had not been compelled to go away entirely empty-handed. Politicians strong enough to resist demands that they knew would, if granted, arouse public indignation, have been keen enough to recognize the influence of the applicants for this legislation and complaisant enough to give a sop where they have withheld a prize.
The giving and acceptance of many sops has increased, enlarged, and strengthened many health boards and bureaus, and assisted very materially in building up a powerful medico-political body within each of the several states. It is safe to say that the number of allopathic physicians occupying public positions in the entire United States, counting those in municipal, state, and national employment, would far exceed one hundred thousand. These and their brethren who are not as yet in public office dominate the public medical service of the nation.
Within the last three years they have broken loose from their old environments and have become more ambitious, more hungry for power. Through the agency of a great association they have succeeded in enlisting the attention and the sympathy of certain influential public men. What they propose now is that the government shall turn over to them exclusive authority in all matters relating to the health of the people. Through a bureau or department which they aim to create by act of Congress, they hope to become established and entrenched so securely in power that they will be able to dictate to the individual citizen just how he shall take care of his own health and of the health of those dependent upon him. And through the operation of federal law they expect to be able to exercise forcible authority over any person unwilling to accept their dictation, and to be able to send to jail anybody who has the temerity to practise medicine, or to attempt to heal the sick, in a manner, or after a method, objectionable to what they may call their ethics or their rules or their laws.
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GOD'S PROMISES FULFILLED
JUDGE SEPTIMUS J. HANNA.
THE TYRO AND TACT
STEPS OF PROGRESS
NO SEPARATION IN TRUTH
CAPT. J. C. SCOTT.
CHARLES G. BALDWIN.
A BED OF VIOLETS
BELLE A. MUNDY.
ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP IN THE MOTHER CHURCH
John V. Dittemore
The hundreds of thousands of people who have been...
John L. Rendall
It is the good that is seen and felt in Christian Science...
James D. Sherwood
The clergyman's somewhat contemptuous criticism of...
Christian Science does not teach that disease and pain...
THE FRUIT OF RIGHT ENDEAVOR
"TEACH US TO PRAY"
Annie M. Knott
THE APPEAL TO REASON
John B. Willis
with contributions from G. W. Carothers, W .I. Snyder, Robert Fitch
It is with sincere gratitude for the many benefits which...
David Henry McElroy with contributions from George A. McElroy
I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to God for my...
Lizzie E. Howard
Three years ago I heard about Christian Science and it...
Anna Rasch with contributions from Thea Rasch
In grateful acknowledgment of the many benefits received...
Ora M. Boorman
For nearly three years I suffered from a form of paralysis...
Charles T. Briggs
THE MASTER'S CALL
MARY A. NEWMAN.
FROM OUR EXCHANGES
with contributions from F. Stanley Van Eps, Anson Phelps Stokes, Jr., Arthur F. Winnington Ingram