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Bay Head, WT Dec. 9, i949 Dear Johns It appeared thet you wanted a critical article fron a psychiatrist. In view of the fect that no psychiatrist to date has been sble to look at Disnetics and listen long enough to find out the fundamentals, Dianetic explanations being Ginned out by his educational efforts about Freud, 6 took 4% upon ourselves to compose the rebuttel. Irving R, Kutamen is on Joe's MD responsibility so it's a valid pen nam, ‘This article composes four psychiatrists and their ver batim coments on Dianetics. I played thea beck very carefully. It is in no sense an effort to be funny and it is not funny. ‘The discussion of the four Freudian drives is e direct quote from one of Freud's most valiant supporters ani hes been quoted et me before. It is a parephrase, altered only enough to escape plagierien, It con be used from the beginning to the end asa direct quote, This is theénly nlace where the "article goes too far" and it is not only ver batim paychiatry coment on Dienetics but is also streight out of the summery on Freudian drives es footnoted. The philosophic derivation comments are direct quote from Davies of APA, The comuont on operators is direct quote fron Craig, MD PhD of Savannsh, The pre-frontal lobotomy angle (changed only to trans-orbital leukotory) 4s a direct quote from Delchanp, MD PhD, You heard nearly all these things repeated by Kaln, MD and he did not diverge in any particular from the standard attitude toward Dienetics, General Semantics (quote on this fron Davies af APA), Gybernofics (Boswell, MD) etc. ete.. ‘This article would be gouni ty an MD poychiatrist to be a pretty valid statenent of their case because ‘they have so stated the case many tines. I set up a psychiatric denon to roll this. Tt has been thoroughly checked, Any article you receive will, I'knom, run souetiiing on this order if written by a peycijiatrist with the added detraction of not discussing Dignetics vo much but educating the reader into Freud. Therefore, ey I tnvite you to peruse seme, not in any nisguided spirit of levity, but as a revier of tho composite and varlobsly confirmed attitules Dinneties meets in the field of those great men who our minds, — A GRITICISH OF DIANETIOS By Soryling R. Kutemen, MAD. There have been many optinistic resections in various quarters over a newly created Noctence of Inman thought", Dianetics, It hae neon averred thet Dianetics is capable of "curing" all. paycho-sonatic ani inorgente ventel disorders, that it raises the 1.Q, of all people co treated from 10 to 100 points, and that, arong other things, 1% ‘brings sbout a conlition known as the “pptdmumi rain" rather than the normal train, that St preserves and strengthens the personality end increases the persistence of the iniividuel to a marked degree. Before a reputable investigator can advance an opinion on such developments it is necessary for hin to eke es thorough an investigation as cen be nade within the short tine available. It is neccessary for hin to uderteke on inspection of the results obteined and to exanine the philosophy on which the science is based ani, if he is honest, to jake ap judicial a vier as possible, not permitting hinself to be carried enay by the enthusiasms oven of hie collesgues before he has observed aouething about which be can bo enthusiastic efter his own proper inspection of it has been made. 1 spent on entire evening with Il, Ron Hubbard, the originator of the science, going over his case histories and observing his orn reactions. I discussed the matter at some length with J.A. Winter, M.D. who has also investigated Dianetics and who has, although not a psychiatrist, ‘mut a medical doctor, a gresp on this developeent. Th will teke a long time to satisfy the peychiatrists that there is eny particwar virtue in Dienetics. In the first place it ie 1 wide departure from classical Freudian peycho-analysis, in the secon place there have only been 270 patients processed in whole or in part, and in the third place there ere many tiings in ite technique which could be improved. Maile I nes satisfied that Dianetics did what was claimed, insofar as I observed it, it camot but be considered an extrenely adventurous orgentsation, unsubstantiated by the work of Jung, Adler, Pavlov and, in particular, Sigmunl Freud, That it produces permanent resulte ise thing which will have to be ascertained after many years of works for only thirteen nonths has clepsed since the eni of the basic series of patients and while none of them heve shows any tendency to relapse and while, in justice, it must be said that they have renained, according to evidence, in a uniform state of mental. ani physical inprovenent, there is no guarantee that this condition will obtain, say, after ten year: Any such now development must be approached with extrene caution, Tt may only appear to do desirable things and it may even be that ite benefits accrue from hope or spiritual values. That this is an Anvariatie rule can be seen in the fact that Freud hinsolf received no acclaim for his work for many, many years despite the obvious benefits of that work. It 4s, therefore, with this spirit of caution that I Lvestigated Dianetics. My first questions about this development concex.ied the philosophic