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Christian Science

a religious system founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy
Etymology: 1821-1910
based on the metaphysical teachings of Phineas P. Quimby. It holds that healing should be achieved through spiritual means, that sickness and death are illusions resulting from a false sense of separation from God.

Christian Science

A religious and healing doctrine established in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy (1824–1910), Christian Science therapy for the sick consists of “heartfelt, yet disciplined prayer” by members of the Christian Science Church in lieu of drugs or measures used in mainstream medicine to alleviate pain.

Christian Science impact on medicine 
• Christian Science parents may override a physician’s medical judgement in the care of minor children, with potentially fatal consequences. 
• Christian Scientists are difficult to treat, especially as unconscious victims of trauma, as they may refuse therapy (e.g., blood transfusion) deemed appropriate by conventional medical standards; if such therapy is administered, the team may be charged with assault and battery.
• Religious exemption statutes may allow healers to perform their services without liability and at standards of practice at variance to those expected of physicians. 
• Healing has been billed to insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid.
• Longevity studies have shown that Christian Scientists have a shorter lifespan than age- and education-matched non-Christian Scientists, despite not smoking or drinking alcohol.

Christian Science

A system of religious teaching based on Christian Scientists' interpretation of Scripture, founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy. The system emphasizes healing of disease by mental and spiritual means.

Christian Science,

n a Christian denomination that teaches that the healing powers of Christ are available to all because the divine mind is the source of all health. Disease is illusory and is based upon wrong perceptions of divine mind. A radical reliance on this mind instead of on medicine is what is needed to heal in cases of illness. Also called
Church of Christ, Scientist.
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