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October 6, 1906

THE PASSING OF DOWIE.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520140040013

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Abstract

In its editorial notice of "The Passing of Dowie" the Chicago Tribune remarks that there is for him in his downfall perhaps more a feeling of pity than exultation, even among those who have regarded him from the outset as among the chiefest of impostors. To a certain extent this is true, the fall is a severe one, but, after all, it is not more, or even as much, as the man deserves or as his dupes have suffered. It is said that, while he deceived others, he was also himself deceived, that he had faith in himself and was the victim of a delusion. That may be the case. A man is capable of creating a delusion in himself, as he may repeat a lie so often that he finally actually believes it is truth. Dowie may have been deluded, but there was certainly a vast amount of method

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