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October 1931

Die Stigmatisierte Therese Neumann von Konnersreuth.

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By Dr. Fritz Gerlich. Volumes I and II. Price, 19 marks. Pp. 324 and 406. Munich: Josef Kosel and Friedrich Pustet, 1929.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(4):900-902. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230100218020

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The stigmatized Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth has given rise to a widespread discussion in which physicians have taken a justified part. Unfortunately they do not always reckon with the human factor in their work and utterances. At any rate, they lay themselves open to attempts on the part of laymen to show up the short circuits of both observation and reasoning. They seem to be shortsighted in ignoring the questions and arguments of nonmedical common-sense and nonmedical special pleading. Fritz Gerlich, a non-Catholic editor, with a degree of Ph.D. in history, lays down in two volumes, together of 730 pages, what he has to say after his analysis of his own observation and the literature. The result is an interesting exhibition of what will happen to a historian, to medicine and to "historical facts" when the layman goes in for "the truth" with the tools of his special trade and