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To the Editor:—
With considerable anxiety I have watched the cult "dianetics" develop from the first appearance of its principles in Science Fiction Magazine. I am concerned about its growth and popular acceptance, and I fear that the world has had dumped on it a new therapy which will have the staying power of chiropractic, with as little scientific background to support it.It is a phenomenon of some sort, and full of meaning, that over 500,000 copies of the book are supposed to have been sold. Countless persons, without proper background and without understanding of basic human motives and drives, are "auditing" each other, and as a result mental hospitals may receive as patients many whose first psychotic breakdown occurred during such "auditing." The "auditors" simply do not know how to handle the material elicited. The dangers inherent in such amateurish "auditing" are readily apparent. Since these persons cannot
Ravitch SJ. DIANETICS. JAMA. 1951;145(2):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200046020
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