The action of the Illinois State Medical Society in adopting...

Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer

The action of the Illinois State Medical Society in adopting a program for securing prohibitive legislation against the practice of Christian Science, as reported in the Intelligencer of recent date, implies that opposition to certain provisions of House bill 582 is in some way reprehensible; that such opposition was confined to Christian Scientists; and further, that the bill merely provides for reporting incipient ophthalmia neonatorum in infants. Its action in opposing "the licensing of Christian Science practitioners" implies that the latter are seeking a license to practise medicine. All of the above implications are incorrect.

Christian Scientists have found the healing of disease through spiritual means, as practised by Jesus and his immediate followers and by the early Christian church, more efficacious and more satisfactory than medicine. Therefore they have no wish to practise medicine or to be licensed to do so. The purpose of bringing up the question of license would appear to be to influence the legislature so to distort the interpretation of the term "practice of medicine," that laws containing that term, and intended to protect the public against the unskilled use of dangerous drugs, can be made to forbid the healing of the sick through Christian Science. It is safe to assume that the legislature will not lend itself to such a program.

July 24, 1915

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