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April 22, 1899

A Subliminal Miscarriage.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(16):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450430025005

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Abstract

Rockford, Ill., April 10, 1899.

To the Editor:  —Probably more errors occur in subliminal argument through inductive conclusions, from the employment of indifferent or false data than is realized in our common philosophy; conclusions are drawn and made positive from simple parallels or seeming coincidences, and applied in theory as though actual facts; especially is this true where narrow ardor or impoverished avidity seeks to gratify a pretense, or fit a vacuum.In no phase of philosophy is this truer than in the interminable maze of psychiatry where we deal with those attributes which make man kin to Deity and "only a little lower than the angels"; where the border line between mediocrity and madness is as meager and tortuous as the tracks of the sea in a tempest; where Hahnemann was, and Eddy and Dowie are now floundering; and the foam and spray they raise is wrecking by its

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