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January 1932

Das Wunder in der Heilkunde.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(1):248. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230130254027

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Through the publisher of the Münchener medizinische Wochenschrift, Liek puts before the public his study of the miracle cures based on the "irrational aspect" of man and medical practice. It is indeed important that the medical student and the practitioner be reminded occasionally of the influence of certain inspired healers and the aspects of human nature that make possible some of the startling successes, like those of homeopathy, or some of the modern runs on a Coué or Geileis, an Austrian healer, etc. I might speak of the Abrams methods and so many other vogues. Liek's presentation is not as broadly illustrative of the human tendency to what Bleuler describes from so many angles in his "Autistic-Undisciplined Thinking in Medicine," but he makes the reader thoroughly aware of the rôle of the emotional factor in human reasoning and judgment and response to "treatment."