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May 21, 1932

Psychological Racketeers.

JAMA. 1932;98(21):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730470057038

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Abstract

Each new discovery in the field of science is likely to be adapted by quacks and exploiters for personal gain. One of the most recent developments has been the manner in which the new psychology of Freud and the practical psychology of many American teachers is being exploited by charlatans of one type or another. Obviously, the sexual side of the freudian psychology makes for the charlatan a special appeal. The quacks who work in this borderland include all sorts of psychologists, psychoanalysts, astrologers, phrenologists, spiritualists, graphologists, hypnotists, mental mystics, mind readers, mediums and mental scientists. Many of these charlatans have been described by the Bureau of Investigation of the American Medical Association. The usual "come on" is the free lecture with a special appeal to women. Frequently much is made of Hindu mysticism and magic. The great prizes offered are success in love and in business. A special appeal

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