Pseudo-science And Mental Healing





An interesting phase of psychotherapy is found in the history of the

applications of new scientific discoveries to medicine. The

development of every physical science has been followed by an attempt

to apply its new principles and discoveries to the treatment of

disease. Such applications have nearly always been followed by

excellent results at the beginning. But almost without exception, the

medical significance of these discoveries has, after a time, been

found to be nil. When these discoveries were made they became the

center of public attention. The announcement of their application to

medicine then seemed natural and produced a feeling that another great

therapeutic principle had been discovered. Sometimes wonderful

therapeutic effects were noted. The chronic diseases particularly were

helped for some time, at least, and practically all the affections

that have mainly subjective symptoms were greatly relieved, or

actually cured. After a time, however, when the novelty of the

discovery wore off, its suggestive power was lessened and then the

remedy lost its therapeutic power.





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