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September 1924


Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(3):352-356. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200030105009

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Professor Janet's latest work is at once a history and a prophecy. It traces the subject of psychotherapy from the miracles at the temple of Esculapius in brief yet graphic style to the beginnings of modern methods, and discusses the present and the future of psychologic medicine. Miracles, animal magnetism, esthesiogeny, hypnosis, psychanalysis, Christian science, new thought, the Emmanuel movement are all submitted to keen analysis. He sketches the neuropathic life of Mrs. Eddy, and then, with characteristic pride in the priority of discovery, points out that the theories of Mrs. Eddy were developed in France by Deleuze and imported into America by Poyen. The same is true of the origin of psychanalysis to which Janet claims fatherhood. Yet he is not especially proud of the traits developed by his child under the hands of Freud, Jung and others; he shows how Freud has altered the terms that he (Janet)