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September 1965

On the Diagnostic Value of Religious Ideation

Author Affiliations

From the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. University of Chicago, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry (Dr. Draper and Dr. Meyer); University of Illinois, Instructor, Department of Psychiatry (Dr. Parzen); and University of Chicago, Department of Neurosurgery (Dr. Samuelson).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(3):202-207. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730030008002

Introduction  THE RELATIONSHIP between the fields of religion and psychiatry has undergone increasing scrutiny over recent years.1,2 Mutual curiosity has led to various avenues of further exploration. Communications have increased through consultations, formation of academies of religion and health, collaborative treatment centers, establishment of various training programs, joint appointments in medical school settings and theological seminaries, professional journals of interdisciplinary interest, and a society for the scientific investigation of religion. . Although the literature growing out of these contacts is expanding, a recent Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry report 2 indicates the need for further study of religious data through careful analysis of the religious experiences of patients. This study is an attempt to explore this area.Freud had an intense interest in the Psychologic investigation of religion. As a Pioneer, his clinical findings and theories lay the ground work

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