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May 15, 1937

Mind, Medicine and Metaphysics: The Philosophy of a Physician

JAMA. 1937;108(20):1742. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780200064035

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This is a collection of essays and lectures dealing with psychologic, philosophic, and religious aspects of medicine. The author is a physician, a psychologist and a philosopher, holding official positions in each of these capacities. Just as versatility is said to be the curse of genius, so this diversity of interests seems to have impaired the author's ability to take a pronounced stand with respect to any of them. He commends psychoanalysis with reservations; he takes the Oxford movement seriously enough to point out some of its obvious psychologic faults; he reports the case of a hypnotic trance in a medium controlled with a psychogalvanometer. He discusses the psychology of international relations, the sexual problems of adolescents, the relation of religion to psychology. Whether or not one shares the author's views about many of these things, there is little fault to find with what he says; it is rather that

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