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March 29, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(13):828. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480130026006

In his interesting address on "Belief and Credulity,"1 Professor Jastrow of the University of Wisconsin has occasion to refer to credulity as applied to medical and kindred matters. Naturally, some of his most striking illustrations are from other fields than medicine, but in order to complete the collection of the types of credulity which he desires to illustrate he refers to Eddyism as a system of interpretation of facts which though "startling and contradictory to ordinary experience, gains widespread credence, and that in spite of pronounced inconsistency with verifiable observation and common sense." He then goes on to say:

"Even in this field of intellectual effort the land of the free and the home of the brave has contributed an article worthy to compete with the foreign product. Eaglelike, this system spreads its wings and soars free from the bonds of sense or earth-bound realities, free from human logic