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December 16, 1916

Relations of the Body and the Spirit

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(25):1865-1866. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590250067030

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To the Editor:  —Of perennial and universal interest is the point of fusion between the body and the spirit, the psyche—the soul, élan vital, cosmic urge, or whatever words are adequate to convey the idea of the immaterial essence. Being in correspondence with Prof. James H. Hyslop of the American Society for Psychical Research, I begged him to put in writing briefly what he and those he represents (mundane and extramundane) are prepared to aver of this blending of soul and body. I enclose his letter.J. Madison Taylor, M.D., Philadelphia.

My dear Dr. Taylor:  —The reminder that somatic influences are now regarded as playing an important part in "mental queernesses" is fully appreciated, and I take the occasion to explain just what my position is in regard to the nature and interest of psychic phenomena.Most of the medical public, most of the psychologists, and perhaps all laymen assume

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