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September 11, 1926

Psychotherapy. Mental Elements in the Treatment of Disease.

JAMA. 1926;87(11):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680110071039

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This brief volume constituted one of the health talks in the Harvard series. It serves a useful purpose in tracing the development of mental healing from the earliest times, through the periods of miracles, mysticism and religious domination, through charlatanism, including mesmerism and animal magnetism, down to the beginning of scientific methods. Here special reference is made to hypnotism and the work of Charcot, Janet, Freud and Jung. The author is convinced that the freudism development has been of great value. He says, for example: "It may doubtless be demonstrated that the principle of sexual etiology has been misapplied in specific instances, and even that a psychotherapy based upon a sexual foundation may fail in practice; but this cannot destroy the usefulness of the generalization in its broader aspects, nor can it be denied that with all its vagaries and overaccentuation at the hands of certain of its more enthusiastic

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