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August 14, 1937

The Exploration of the Inner World: A Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience

JAMA. 1937;109(7):530. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780330058031

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The author is a minister who was a mental patient and who, since recovery, has devoted his life to working with mental patients in state hospitals and elsewhere. In this volume he has made a thorough study of the interrelationship of mental disease and religion, and the point of view which he takes is less that of the formal sectarian and more that of the understanding psychologist or, at least, psychologically and theologically trained person. The book is not a small volume and there is a great deal of theological material and much of the author's personal affective thinking confined within its covers. He approaches the subject rather emotionally, yet because of his consistent contact with experienced psychiatrists of several schools he has a good deal of insight into the problems of the mental patient. Some of the volume is highly theoretical but, on the other hand, there is much

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