An editorial in a recent issue of the Union, commenting on...

Manchester (N. H.) Union

An editorial in a recent issue of the Union, commenting on the failure of radium to cure a case of cancer, adds publicity to the experiments now being made with radium as a cure for this disease. Thus far the newspapers have given liberal notice to the few instances where this treatment has proven successful. Such events constitute proper news for publication in a live newspaper. Not every new system of treatment for the sick, however, is equally successful in receiving its deserved share of publicity in the public press, even though greater success has accompanied its application to this disease than has been achieved by radium.

Twelve years ago I resored to Christian Science treatment for cancer, after I had undergone two operations and the surgeon had insisted that another would soon be necessary. Although I was quickly and, as it has been proven, permanently healed, to my knowledge no public acknowledgment as a news item was ever made in any newspaper. In spite of the well-known fact that similar cases are being frequently healed by Christian Science, for mine is by no means an uncommon case, I have yet to see an instance of healing of this kind reported in a newspaper, or Christian Science commented upon hopefully and gratefully as a possible cure for this ailment. Would not every such instance constitute a legitimate item of news, and why is there less occasion for public interest and newspaper comment in one case than in the other?

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April 4, 1914

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