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November 12, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(20):1473-1474. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500200043006

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It is said the empress of China, once the bête noire of all foreigners in "The Long-Lived Empire," has succumbed to the combined influence of the wife of the American minister and of Eddyism. The former modestly refrains from any positive statement as to her conversion of the empress to the new cult, and at present the matter rests on the presumption that the liberalizing of the royal old lady's views has been accomplished by the personal efforts of the ambassador's wife. Should history record that the "yellow peril" had been diverted from "ways that are dark" to the relatively calm pursuits of occidental industrialism by the intervention of one of the morbid religious obsessions of our time, the psychologist will instantly be reminded of the part played by the insane in ancient religions. In the light of such a possibility and in the hope of hastening the approach of

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