Atlantic Monthly Volume 91

Atlantic Monthly Volume 91

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... Mrs. Eddy has given us, --that to acknowledge the mental factors of disease or health is to make cancer a phantom. But when that is said the problem still looms, --looms large despite a scientific shrug, an imposing dialect, a condescending smile. How satisfactorily to comprehend the etiological importance of mental states in disease. and the relation of tissue changes to psychoses; how intelligently to apply to therapeutics the mental factor which present ignorance forces us to neglect altogether, or to treat as a mere plaything, ----these are the problems which the " mental " movement is giving over to science for solution. Christian Science may have succeeded in calling more em phatic attention to a neglected group of phenomena; certainly it has failed sat isfactorily to interpret them. But just as certainly, in spite of a tendency in difl'erently to shun the issue or to regard the question as a closed one, the last word is very far from having been said on this mysterious subject. And all this theoretical consideration has a very practical bearing. For this much may at least be said: that, however great be the limitations in our theory, the relation of intelligence to disease is a clinical reality. In the large majority of patients (most typically, perhaps, in those afllicted with tumors) it is hard to conceive that this relation means anything at all: for there is not the slightest trustworthy evidence that the course of one of these has ever in a. single instance been afiected by the mental state. In others, however, the "habit of mind " seems to be an important factor in determining the occurrence or issue of disease, --a proposition of no mystical nature if the well-established relation between ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 548 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 966g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893379
  • 9781236893376