Our attention has been called to an article in a recent...


Our attention has been called to an article in a recent issue of the Spokesman-Review bearing the heading, "No Medical Aid—Died." This heading, as well as subsequent statements that the "wife objected to having a doctor on account of religion" and "who was cared for by Christian Scientists for a week, and had no medical aid, died of a ruptured appendix," would seem to imply that if medical aid had been secured, the woman would not have died. Statistics hardly warrant such a conclusion; for, despite the earnest efforts of conscientious physicians, death from this same cause, when the patient has had both medical and surgical treatment, is a matter of almost daily record. While disagreeing with their method of healing, Christian Scientists honor that great army of the medical profession who are sincerely engaged in relieving human suffering. However, it is worthy of consideration that a large number of the members of Christian Science churches have turned to Christian Science for healing only after being pronounced "hopelessly incurable" by members of the medical profession.

Christian Scientists feel that the question as to whether Christian Science is more efficacious or beneficial than medical or surgical systems is one which no individual or group of individuals should attempt to decide for another. Christian Science practitioners are striving to obey the words found in Science and Health (p. 497), "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure."

Divine Love
December 11, 1926

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