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February 4, 1950

Die Seele ist alles: Von der Dämonologie bis zur Heilhypnose

JAMA. 1950;142(5):377. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910230079033

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"The Soul Is Everything" is the title of a book which the author identifies as "more or less of an exposition of himself" (Selbsbekenntniss). With considerable erudition he discusses the views of many philosophers and psychologists bearing on the nature of the soul or mind. The volume includes illustrations both from notable works of art bearing on psychiatric states and from present day practices in the field of hypnosis— a feature which can prove of interest to many psychiatrists.

The author maintains that what distinguishes living matter from all else is, in his terms, "the soul." In this he goes even further than Kretschmer, who stated that the soul is everything which we accomplish, comprehend, feel, represent and desire. He believes that through the brain and the nervous system the soul controls the functions of the body and thereby every healing process. This belief is fundamental to his views on

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