With the editorial "Curbing Fakers and Quacks," in your...

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With the editorial "Curbing Fakers and Quacks," in your issue of November 24, I am in accord. However, it omits to point out that the law which regulates the practice of healing in the District of Columbia very properly exempts from its licensing requirements "persons treating human ailments by prayer or spiritual means as an exercise or enjoyment of religious freedom."

The provision granting this exemption was inserted in the law at the request of Christian Scientists, with the approval of Senator Royal S. Copeland, sponsor of the bill and himself a physician. It corresponds to similar exemptions in the medical laws of almost every state. It is well known, of course, that Christian Scientists in the practice of their religion do not prescribe drugs, perform surgical operations, diagnose physical ailments, nor sign death certificates, which are leading characteristics of medical practice.

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Thought and Words
April 30, 1932

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