An article in the Advertiser, under the above title...


An article in the Advertiser, under the above title [Love of Quackery], reported a speech in London. The speaker makes the following assertion: "This love of quackery is one of the greatest difficulties with which we doctors have to deal. Christian Science is one of its aspects in an organized system of quackery, allied to religion."

My object in writing is to show, first, that there is abundant evidence of the falsity of the assertion, and, secondly, that the critic's opinion is not supported by the betterinformed and more prominent members of his own profession. Many authenticated testimonies of healing through Christian Science of diseases, including those generally considered incurable, are published weekly and monthly in the Christian Science Sentinel and The Christian Science Journal respectively, and invite the fullest inquiry; and thousands of cases of healing are weekly narrated publicly at testimony meetings in Christian Science churches throughout the world. In almost every state of the United States, Christian Science is recognized as a healing system by the special exemption of its adherents from the operation of medical statutes; and in July, 1928, when the Nursing Homes Act, applicable to England and Wales, came into operation, Christian Science nursing homes were specially exempted from its provisions.

Christian Science regards disease as mental, that is, as a false belief of human thought, which the truth (the knowledge of reality) destroys. The trend of modern medical practice is to regard disease more and more as mental. Christian Scientists have no quarrel with the medical profession so long as no attempt is made to interfere with the individual's inherent right to choose the system of healing he has proved most efficacious in his own experience, and to employ it for his children, who mean more to him than to anyone else. At present the majority of people either know of no other method or prefer to rely on material remedies. Every great movement, however, began with a minority, and as the spiritual progress of the world involves the majority shaking off its materiality, it is only logical to conclude that finally the prayer of spiritual understanding will be allowed to operate universally to heal both sickness and sin.

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September 21, 1929

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