Asser and Swan “evaluate deaths of children from families in which faith healing was practiced in lieu of medical care and to determine if such deaths were preventable.” They studied death records from 1975 through 1995, but dismissed published accounts of healed organic and functional diseases for children in Christian Science as “not [having] been confirmed by scientifically valid measures.”View Annotation
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Swan, whose young son had recently died of meningitis after being attended by a Christian Science practitioner, argues that the state should not be required to protect the Christian Science health care system. Such treatment is within the state’s realm of comment because Christian Science calls itself an independent system of health, yet it does not conform to state health regulations.View Annotation