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November 21, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(21):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540210052014

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87 Madison Ave., New York, Nov. 9, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In the recent discussion concerning the Emmanuel movement a well-known neurologist protests against the assumption that ministers have a power to deal with disease therapeutically which is beyond that of one who devotes one's life to the study of disease. His critics reply that ministers have an insight into people's minds and an ability to affect them emotionally that physicians as a rule do not have.The trouble is that medical students in America are graduated without the slightest notion that a considerable portion of the patients that will come to them are afflicted with mental troubles that require methods of treatment of which they have never even heard. Most of the cases of hysteria and many of "neurasthenia" are caused directly by past or present emotional experiences. Frequently the patient refuses to reveal such experiences; often he does

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