Scientific mental healing
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Henry Addington Bruce
Excerpt from book: Ill Masters of the Mind I Have already given an outline account of the wonderful new science of psycho- pathology, or medical psychology, and of the development by its aid of a scientific system of mental healing which the physicians of this country, as of other lands, are beginning to adopt. Now I want to say something about the men who, by their investigations and remarkable cures, have done most to convince the medical world that the human mind possesses powers which, when scientifically directed, are almost incredibly efficacious in conquering many widespread and hitherto baffling diseases. They are an exceedingly interesting group, these premier psychopathologists. There are four of them, representing bybirth as many countries France, Austria, Russia, and the United States. But the Russian in early manhood made his way to this country, so that, of the four leaders of scientific mental healing, two are Europeans and two Americans. Their names are Pierre Janet, of Paris: Sigmund Freud, of Vienna: Morton Prince, of Boston: and Boris Sidis, of Boston. Of the four, I must speak first of Janet. He it was, who, under the inspiring guidance of the famous Dr. Charcot, first called attention to the importance of psychology as an aid in the practice of medicine, and made the marvelous discovery of the role played by mental experiences of an emotional nature in the causation of many diseases. Yet, curiously enough, he began his professional career without any idea of becoming either a psychologist or a physician. His great ambition, cherished from early youth, was to win a name as a philosopher. Graduating from a Parisian college with high honors, he was, in 1881, when onlytwenty-two years old: appointed Professor of Philosophy in the College of Chateau- roux, and afterw...