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November 8, 1930

The Devil: An Historical Critical and Medical Study.

JAMA. 1930;95(19):1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190061038

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The idea that an evil demon of some sort might be concerned with human diseases and responsible for most troubles has existed since the beginning of man's life upon this earth. The French philosophers who contribute to this study show how the devil belief has been invariably linked with magic and mystery, and how modern psychologists have recognized the relationship of this belief to mental disturbances. Chapters on demoniacal madness and exorcism of devils conclude the work. Recognizing the great place played by the devil in many religious beliefs, the authors conclude with a recognition of a desirable combination of medical and religious efforts in freeing men from such beliefs.

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