Religion: Prayer v. Prophylaxis

After assisting a babe into the world, U. S. doctors customarily see to it that a few drops of silver nitrate are dropped into the infant's eyes to prevent blindness from venereal infection. In 20 States such prophylaxis is required by law. In eleven more it is mandatory under certain conditions. In Washington last week the District of Columbia Committee of the House of Representatives had before it a bill to require in the District eye prophylaxis at birth. The bill carried a Senate amendment which was so full of religious implications that a...

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