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February 15, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(7):533-534. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530330041006

Dr. Scripture's article in this issue of The Journal1 brings out prominently one desideratum in internal medicine, viz., the utilization of the methods of experimental psychology for therapeutics. Hitherto what has been done in this line has had comparatively little direct practical utility except to some extent in diagnosis, at least so far as the use of accurate recording instruments is concerned. Psychologic therapeutics has been largely, if not entirely, a rule-of-thumb affair, and what has been gained by accurate measurements of reaction time, etc., in morbid conditions in diagnosis has not been directly applied to the treatment of disease.

Within the past three or four years, however, Jung's studies have not only thrown new light on hysteria, but have actually led to a practical method of its cure in the large proportion of those cases in which the special emotional complexes on which it depends can be thus