June 8, 1935

Pseudo-Sciences and Your Three Minds

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By John F. Harwood. An Exposé of Astrology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Criminology, Hypnotism, Christian Science. Cloth. Pp. 117, with 2 illustrations. New York: The Author, 1934.

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230069035

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It must have required a good deal of courage for this writer to send his small book for review to The Journal, for even one as deluded as he appears to be should have had enough experience with the press to know that his nonsense would not be looked on with any degree of favor by any scientific group. The thesis seems to be that the author considers himself gifted with a "greater mind," which is more than the usual human "mechanical mind" and human "conscious mind" (his synonyms for the unconscious and conscious minds of everyday psychology). He maintains that psychology, psychiatry, neurology, criminology and hypnotism are fakes and frauds and he links them with astrology and Christian science, with which he has no sympathy either. There is probably no sentence in the book to which the psychiatrist cannot take exception.

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