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December 1963

Man and Civilization: Control of the Mind.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):993-994. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060205034

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Abstract

No specter looms up before modern man with more monstrous ectoplasmic terror than the various notions of control of the mind-corrupting the intellect—brainwashing, macabre notions of drugging an entire nation or so befuddling it by propaganda that it marches off into its own cave to die of confusion after the manner of the children in the Pied Piper of Hamlin. In our own days we have seen harsher inquisitions than The Inquisition in the unprecedented and astonishing recanting which was the central spectacle of the orgies of the highly publicized Soviet confessionals. These stark examples of total reversal of attitude and apparent conviction reverberate like haunting echoes when we hear the story of the demoralization of American prisoners in the Korean War. In the background we sense the rushing current of one wave of the future in Orwell's lurid 1984 where otherdirectedness becomes total as mankind is reduced to intellectual

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