I had a friend who would joke that ‘Christian Scientists are not “the people who don’t believe in doctors”, we are the people who doctors don’t believe in!’
I am glad to say the opposite has often been the case. I have met many people who found Christian Science because their doctor recommended they give it a go when medicine was unable to meet their need. And many doctors today are taking notice of the essential role of spirituality and prayer can play in healing.
However, a decade ago, a fun Becker episode called “The Pain in the Neck” portrayed a doctor who wouldn’t entertain the notion that medicine could mean anything other than what he was taught at Harvard Medical School. Now it has found its way on to YouTube, via the ComedyChanneIUK.
Written by Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery, directed by Randy Carter and starring Ted Danson – who played Sam Malone in “Cheers” – as Doctor John Becker, the 108th episode of the successful sitcom series has three interweaving plots, one of which features a patient who chooses Christian Science healing over medical care. In their portrayal of the interaction between doctor and patient, the Becker team proved how possible it is for TV to represent a Christian Scientist sympathetically and still end up with a really funny show.
My thanks to all involved in the production of this episode.
Update on January 1, 2014: Apologies to readers, but this video appears to have been withdrawn from the public domain.