In Chapter 6, Mary Baker Eddy says that mortal mind can and does create smallpox, and pass it around through the common belief in smallpox. People can create their own cases of smallpox by seeing images of people suffering from small pox., for instance. Or it could be created on a corpse because of the doctor’s belief.
It would be scientific to test that hypothesis, because smallpox is far away from our imagined bodies in today’s world. If this hypothesis works, the experimental subjects will gaze upon images of people with small pox. And the control will look at a images of people without smallpox. Mary Baker Eddy claims that one short look at an image of a disease will produce it in the looker. So we will test the subjects with both short exposures to images and long exposures to the same image, details- tbd.
If Mary Baker Eddy is correct, the exposure to the image should make smallpox real enough to catch the idea and thus it will manifest smallpox on the bodies of the test subjects. Then we count how many times the subjects develop smallpox compared to the control group.
Remember, all disease is mental and catching through the subject’s minds, so it is believed that distance from the smallpox makes no difference. This is an easy experiment that can be done with any number of images of diseases, maybe something not contagious- like a goiter.
Another version of this experiment would be for the test subjects to go to a doctor who will then tell them they have a certain disease and count the numbers of subjects who get the described disease.
The null hypothesis of all of the foregoing would be that images presented to the subject’s mortal mind are not catching, whether the problem depicted is contagious or not. Therefore it is ridiculous to teach that idea. It just promotes fear of seeing ugly things.
Christians Scientists actually do fear that ideas like watching an ad for medicine describing symptoms, is giving reality to mortal mind and making the viewer more susceptible to the depicted images.
Please, show me the logic in that idea, yet it affects most CSers every day of their struggle not to give reality to matter. I look at stuff like that all the time (not that I like it) and I have never caught anything from mortal mind’s suggestions of reality in matter, and I never will.
It is just superstition not to describe any symptoms beyond home remedies, and let a doctor name them. Nowadays it it most likely that there is a remedy that works better and more swiftly than prayer.