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April 28, 1956

Faith Is the Answer: A Pastor and a Psychiatrist Discuss Your Problems

JAMA. 1956;160(17):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960520099023

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After working together for many years at a clinic at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, a pastor and a psychiatrist joined forces to write this book, which is now in its fifth printing. The book is not directed primarily toward the cure of disease but toward the problem of keeping well people well. The authors believe that religion and psychiatry will make an ever-increasing joint contribution to this end in the coming years. The pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, has been heard also on the radio, television, and on the lecture platform. The psychiatrist, Smiley Blanton, is well known in the medical profession, having published books and papers in medical journals, and as a practitioner and member of various medical societies. Their objective is essentially the same: the renewal of faith when faith has been lost— faith in oneself, faith in one's fellow man, and faith in God.

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