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May 12, 1900

PSYCHIC SARCOLOGY ET AL.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1198-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190048008

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Abstract

Along with the delusions of osteopathy, Weltmerism, goats' lymph, etc., we have from Missouri still another, "Psychic Sarcology," which is notable if only for its name. It would appear to be a sort of nomenclatory misfit, but it doubtless has its utility—"words of long length and thundering sound" sometimes take in more than the simple rustics. It is only one evidence, however, of the tendency to which the other medical delusions mentioned above, together with Dowieism, and the generally pervasive "Christian Science," are witnesses—the aptitude of fallen man to go after false gods in medicine, religion and efforts at social regeneration. Just at the present time this tendency seems unusually rampant, and the reason why this "craze of quackery" exists has troubled some of our contemporaries. If we were to attempt to answer the question, we could suggest several reasons why. While science has advanced, especially in its practical applications,

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