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December 5, 1903

Psychotherapy in the Practice of Medicine and Surgery.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1424. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490420046021

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The principles of psychic healing as laid down by Leavitt seem to be very near to the teaching of Mrs. Eddy, divested, however, of their pseudo-religious and other fraudulent accessories. He believes in subjective and objective minds; the former controlling the vital action being in itself controllable to some extent by the objective mind. In his treatise he says that "all disease has its origin in the mind, the subjective taking its cue from its environment" and that "the prevention of disease consists in keeping the subjective mind under the power of wholesome suggestion." "The cure of disease consists in the use of suggestion running counter to disease and the establishment of subconscious thoughts of health inculcated by unconscious volition." "All cures are essentially self cures." This is pretty near pure Eddyism. The author believes, nevertheless, in the use of drugs and thinks that they are practically only aids to

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