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September 16, 1939

Pastoral Psychiatry

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370074046

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One must be out of sympathy with the minister who passes under false colors. By stressing the Greek derivation of the word psychiatry the author, a pastor, turns psychiatry from a medical specialty to mean merely treatment of the mind, and on perusal of this opus one finds a number of examples of how a nonmedical man goes about correcting personality problems and aiding people. One of the most serious indictments against the ministry as regards its contact with mental cases is the fact that it almost always enhances feelings of guilt—a dangerous process; yet the outcome of the cases as presented in Bonnell's book all seem to be satisfactory, indicating a highly select body of illustrative material. Nevertheless, if the type of advice given by him as shown by some of his examples were given to individuals with deep sexual guilty feelings, serious harm or regression, even to insanity,

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