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October 1942

Religion in Illness and Health.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;70(4):688. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200220178012

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Dr. Wise has formulated an approach to religion that embodies and brings to articulate expression many of the ideas implicit in religious teachings, regardless of individual creed. Because of this, his book satisfies a need which many persons had long felt but which had remained unsatisfied because of inability to give it overt expression in words. It is a strange experience to see the fundamental principles of religious teachings expressed in the terminology and concepts of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis; yet this is the unique contribution of the book—a contribution which renders it of particular value and interest to professional groups.

Although the word psychobiology is never used by the author, an exposition of the "organismic approach" is given in Chapter IV, in which the concepts presented are essentially the concepts of psychobiology.

Despite some awkwardness of style and organization the author shows an insight into human behavior that can

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