Those engaged in the practice of Christian Science healing have been listed in The Christian Science Journal from its first issue in 1883. Some years earlier, in 1877, Asa Gilbert Eddy (Mary Baker Eddy’s husband) was advertising himself as a “Christian Scientist,” and engaged in healing work as his occupation. A decade earlier, in 1867, Hiram Crafts, Mary Baker Eddy’s first student, worked as a healer, although he was not called a “Christian Scientist” or a “Christian Science practitioner.” He described himself as a doctor.

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