An agreement has been reached between the Christian Science...

New Bedford (Mass.) Mercury

An agreement has been reached between the Christian Science church and the state board of registration in medicine on the provisions of law in Massachusetts relative to the practice of Christian Science in the treatment of the sick. This may end the annual contests before the Massachusetts Legislature over the rights of the Scientists to practise healing. The clause that they have agreed shall be inserted into the proposed law, reads as follows:—

"Nothing in this act shall be held to apply to registered pharmacists, registered dentists, or registered optometrists, or to restrain the practice of clairvoyance, hypnotism, or mind cure, or to apply to any person who ministers to or treats the sick or suffering by mental or spiritual means without the use of drugs or material remedy."

At a public hearing before the public health committee of the Legislature today [March 5], John L. Bates, as counsel for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, announced that he had come to an agreement with the board of registration in medicine whereby he will not oppose the new registration bill if the paragraph quoted above is inserted in section 9 of that bill. Dr. Walter P. Bowers, secretary of the board, confirmed this announcement. If the legislative committee also agrees to it, there will be no further contest with the Christian Science people, although the church does not agree to urge the passage of the bill. It merely will not oppose it.

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