The Prescribing of Drugs

The technique of prescribing drugs, like that of every other phase of medical or surgical practice, has changed immensely, since the discovery of Christian Science, as the doctors themselves have recognized that the effect of a prescription on a patient is mental. It is interesting to see, therefore, such an open letter on the subject of prescriptions as that sent out to physicians by "The Propaganda Committee of the Retail"Druggists Association of St. Louis, Missouri." In this open letter, which has been published in the newspapers of that city, the doctors are advised to add coloring and other "inert" ingredients to simple, white remedies, since "the following of this practice will induce the patient to consider the remedy of greater importance." Later in the letter the suggestion is made: "To prescribe 'factory-made' pills, tablets, or capsules only, or continuously, may lead patients to believe that too much 'routine' treatment is practiced variety in prescribing will tend to educate the patient to believe that the physician is 'up' in materia medica and is giving the case his individual attention as well as individual medication." Toward the end of the lenghty letter that is full of such advice, we read: "It is not always prudent to tell the patient how the prescribed medicine will 'act'; conditions with different patients sometimes show contradictory results. Should a medicine not act as you have told the patient he may conclude that either the pharmacist or you have committed an error." These few extracts show what a remarkable piece of propaganda this is.

After reading these statements, one may well ask, Is the drug itself supposed to have any effect, or is it simply the belief of the patient that is supposed to work a change? What Mrs. Eddy says on page 149 of Science and Health is especially pertinent to quote in this connection: "Is materia medica a science or a bundle of speculative human theories? The prescription which succeeds in one instance fails in another, and this is owing to the different mental states of the patient. These states are not comprehended, and they are left without explanation except in Christian Science." Christian Science shows unmistakably that the supposed action of a drug is in every case only a belief in mortal mind. It may be a general belief, developed through extended medical practice, or it may be a specific belief on the part of a single doctor or a single patient. In either instance, it is belief without the firm basis of Principle, and as such is subject to constant fluctuations and reversals. Mortal mind itself is not real Mind but is merely supposititious opposite of the infinite Mind, Spirit, which, with its spiritual idea, is truly all there is. Thus the only sure way of healing is the way that relies wholly on infinite Mind, absolute Principle, and not on supposititious mortal mind and its illusory beliefs. This is the way of Christian Science. As Mrs. Eddy continues in the next sentence after what has already been quoted, "The rule and its perfection of operation never vary in Science." The genuine turning to Principle always brings undeniable healing results.

July 23, 1921

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