June 21, 1902

Mental Growth and Control.

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By Nathan Oppenheim, M.D. Cloth. Pp. 295. Price, $1.00. New York: The Macmillan Co. 1902.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(25):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480250032021

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This is a little work on what might be called practical psychology, teaching young men and women how to educate their mental faculties, and, so far as we can see, the work is one than can be endorsed—with possibly one exception. The author's recommendations in regard to religious matters might be open to the same objection of insincerity which he makes himself. The average sincere religionist would not accept his idea that there is little difference between one religion and another, the whole thing being simply what he calls being religious, though there is a good deal of psychologic truth in the statement that if we cultivate all the emotions, and live the life of a believer, actual belief will come, as was pointed out long ago by Pascal and many others. Still one should have convictions, and they are really the things that make any religion respectable, though they

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