Judge Law of Gallatin country, by sustaining the demurrers...


Judge Law of Gallatin country, by sustaining the demurrers to the complaints against certain people in Bozeman who were accused of violating the law in practising Christian Science, has in effect held that the medical practice act of Montana does not apply to the practitioners of that cult. Judge Law's decision is, of course, not to be construed as in any degree expressive of his personal views regarding the efficacy of the Science treatment. It is to be taken merely as his judgment of the law as applied to the facts of the particular case under consideration. Nevertheless, sensible people everywhere will applaud the ruling on general principles. If the mere death of the patient as a result of a particular kind of treatment is to result in the prosecution and punishment of the person administering the treatment, there are hundreds, nay, thousands of the doctors of the so-called "regular" schools who would be in the penitentiaries of the country.

If one who is sick in mind or body, or both, has faith in the efficacy of Christian Science and no faith in the methods of the "regulars," what reason is there in sense or justice why such person should be compelled to employ a "regular" in whom he has no faith, or go without any healing help whatever? This business of trying to give the allopaths, and the homeopaths, and the osteopaths, and all the other "paths" of the so-called "regular" schools a monopoly by law for the treatment of the sick, will never be popular with thinking people. There should be as much freedom in matters of healing as there is in matters of religion.

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