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February 18, 1950

Twilight in India

JAMA. 1950;142(7):521. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910250069039

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This is an unswerving attack on Hinduism which also serves as an attack on India because of the influence of Hinduism on this country. The author appears to have little regard, perhaps even little hope, for India. The information is revealing and certainly indicts the mystical and superstitious practices of those who are more concerned with ideology than public welfare. The book is interesting to physicians because some insight is gained into part of the reason for the health problems that exist in India. Mysticism, spiritualism and ignorance are unmercifully attacked by the author, who feels that progress can be obtained only when a country rids itself of these deterrent factors.

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