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Religion should not put a child's health at risk

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:268
  1. John Roberts

    Religion cannot be used to deny reasonable medical treatment to children, said the US Supreme Court last month. The court had been asked to overturn a ruling against a Christian Scientist mother who in 1989 administered prayer instead of insulin to her diabetic 1 year old son, Ian Lundman. He died of hyperglycaemia three days after church practitioners were called in by the mother to heal him.

    The lawsuit, which originated in Minnesota, was …

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