In a recent issue you record under large heading the death...

Richmond (Ind.) Journal

In a recent issue you record under large heading the death of a child in Philadelphia from diphtheria, and the heading states that the death was "due to Christian Science," because the child had been under Christian Science treatment. Not long ago a lady of my acquaintance died, after having diphtheria, from the effects of the antitoxin used, according to the physicians who administered it. No public statement was made that her death was "due to regular medical treatment," although consistency would have so required, if it is the proper thing to lay every death to the means employed in trying to save the patient.

In your same issue you record the death of a Virginia gentleman following an operation performed in Baltimore, and state further that at the time of the operation he had been in apparent good health. Why did you not head the article, "Death due to modern surgical methods"? Every system of healing extant records some failures, due to the inability of the practitioner of that system to bring out its fullest possibilities, although they may do the best they can.

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