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October 1928

Verkappte Religionen.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(4):893-894. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210160234024

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This is a useful book in these days of "movements" and cults! The author treats his subject with a bright humor and amused philosophy, which is the best treatment for such ills. In his own words: "Our time suffers from a disease which dilutes even the most modest thought into a universal point of view (Weltanschauung).... and this kills all humor." A little of this saving grace would do much for the earnest members of many cults and reading of themselves in this book must have a salutary effect on some, especially when it is so easy to laugh at the description of somebody else's pet hobby and quite shocking to find one's own hobby logically classified with it in the same paragraph. For example, on pages 25 and 26 one finds: "These disguised religions are not merely monomanias, they soon try to become all-embracing thoughts. Over each one arches