"MALICIOUS ANIMAL MAGNETISM"
THIS study of an individual case of delusion is justified as a contribution to the psychology of conviction for the reason that it plays a part, and a strange one, in a modern cult numbering its adherents by the hundred thousands; for the further reason that the content of the delusion and the mode of its manifestation reflect older beliefs, in part through common tradition, in part through personal channels; and for the yet additional reason that a delusional conviction is also a conviction in terms of a psychology broad enough to include normal and abnormal expressions. The course of the delusion furnishes an interesting narrative, however one may view the personality of its martyr and the restricted incorporation of the belief in a movement, that in some respects is the most remarkable religious innovation of modern days.
The story proceeds in terms of three distinct strands of fact and argument. It may be helpful to summarize them at the outset. The first is the history of the delusion as a personal belief of Mrs. Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. The second is the historical source of the notions embodied in the belief. The third is the statement of the belief as transformed in Chris-