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November 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(21):1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520210052010

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A Boston clergyman, it is reported, has recently asked the assistance of a distinguished physician to aid him in the treatment or management of certain cases. He has recognized that there are many coming to him for whom relief can be obtained by medical rather than by spiritual advice. He, therefore, proposes to form a class for such persons which will be in charge of the physician and others, who will follow out the ideas-in a modified form—of Professor Dubois as published in his work on "Psychic Treatment of Nervous Diseases." The benefit of such a plan is beyond question in some cases, but it will require the most judicious cooperation between the physician and the spiritual director. There is a diseased sort of religion or neurasthenic pietism to which churchly methods in one form or another appeal, and for which a judicious medical adviser is perhaps occasionally the best

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