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January 2, 1926

The Healing Gods of Ancient Civilizations.

JAMA. 1926;86(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670270065034

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Abstract

This is the second work made possible by the publication fund established in memory of Philip Hamilton McMillan, Yale '94. The author, emeritus professor of gynecology and abdominal surgery in the University of Colorado, writes that his study was made in odd moments purloined from a life of active practice. The work is scholarly, thorough, and based on extensive research among English, French and German writers. Not by its style, but by its subject matter, the introduction recalls the "Dionysus" of Pater. It is an excellent essay, an invaluable part of the book, and gives unity to the mass of details that follow. Herein is traced the mode of development of religions, the religious psychology of ancient peoples, and the relation of religion to disease; for example:

It is a matter of common knowledge that from the dawn of history the healing art has been more or less intimately connected

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