Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy was inspired by studies of the Bible she undertook in 1867 following a healing experience.[1] Although Eddy claimed to have first privately published biblical studies as early as 1862 (Eddy, 1934 : pp. viii:24–32), she wrote that her discovery of Christian Science, which inspired the book, took place in 1866.[1]




The first edition was copyrighted in 1875[1] (Eddy, 1934 : p. ii) and went through more than four hundred revisions (Brosang, 1990 : p. 6) before Eddy's death in 1910. The copyright for Science and Health went through several renewals including a posthumous renewal in 1934 by the Christian Science Board of Directors (Eddy, 1934 : p. ii).

1971 to date

In December of 1971, allegedly at the urging of two Christian Scientists in the Richard Nixon administration, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman,[citation needed] Congress extended the copyright on Science and Health by 75 years.[2] with Private Law 92-60[3]. Following a legal suit brought by David James Nolan and Lucile J. Place of United Christian Scientists, the copyright extension was found unconstitutional in 1987 by Federal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson whose decision was then upheld in The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [4], and private distributions have subsequently appeared.

In Public Domain

Science and Health has been in the public domain since 1987.

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