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October 13, 1956

Love or Perish

JAMA. 1956;162(7):694. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240076032

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The author is co-founder with the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale of the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. He has undertaken to offer the lay public a reconciliatory comparison and correlation of these two fields of thought. The principal theme of the work, that is, that the human psyche stands as sorely in need of the affection and approval of other human beings as the body stands in need of nourishment, is not likely to be disputed by the exponents of either school of thought. However, the author's inclusion of all ardor, enthusiasm, interest, and constructive energy in the single term love may meet with opposition from some psychiatrists. There is much to be said for this point of view, though—especially in a book directed to the laity. The general public has been so long exposed to all the utterances of psychiatric doctrine—presented, as a rule, by those who simplify

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