“Complementary and Alternative Medicine”
Butler, J. Thomas. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” Pages 126–27 in Consumer Health: Making Informed Decisions. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012.
The two paragraphs devoted to an explanation of Christian Science healing practices present a one-sided viewpoint solely from the perspective of medicine. The article argues that Christian Science practitioners cannot perform a number of ordinary medical procedures—which is true. They do not diagnose or detect contagious illness, for example. The argument continues beyond a comparison with medical practices to other possible negative side-effects. Those who are not healed might become depressed or conclude they are unworthy. Money might be spent on a fruitless experience.
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