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January 9, 1937

Brain Reflexes and Laws of Existence

JAMA. 1937;108(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020061032

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This volume "endeavors to make clear all the branches of human actions and reactions, not only as applying to therapeutic principles, but to glimpse the principles that operate the universe" (p. 7). An ambitious aim, surely. But the informed reader closes the book with the conviction that the author has not been equal to either task. The central theme of the book is the well known fact that a happy and hopeful state of mind is favorable in the recovery from disease. But this well known principle, whatever the physiologic mechanisms may be, is so exaggerated by the author as to make fear a cause of cancer and relief from fear a cure of cancer. The author's mastery of neurology, physiology, physics and chemistry is not striking. His explanations of man's behavior in health and in disease are mainly verbalism. That a doctor's "personality" is a factor in inducing confidence

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