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September 1928

Genius. Some Revaluations. Arthur C. Jacobson.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(3):661. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210150221018

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Many books have been written about genius, and there is still much to be said concerning its various manifestations. The method of development of genius is, and I fear always will be, a mystery, because each man of genius carves his own niche, and it is not like any other. This interesting book sums up some of the older ideas and adds a few new ones concerning genius.

It is stated that genius occurs in people with two personalities. "The genius is a superman whose creative spirit resides not in the primary self but in this secondary personality." It must be set free in some manner, and the important agencies for accomplishing this purpose are alcohol, disease and sometimes narcotics; perhaps even a spirochetal infection may cause the release of creative function. Once set free, the power of the genius enables him to make use of inherited racial experience, which

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