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Payne, S.M. (1964). The Case of Patience Worth: By Walter Franklin Prince. (New York: University Books, 1964. Pp. 512. $10.00.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 45:608.

(1964). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 45:608

The Case of Patience Worth: By Walter Franklin Prince. (New York: University Books, 1964. Pp. 512. $10.00.)

Review by:
Sylvia M. Payne

This is a reprint of a study of a medium which was published in 1927. The medium's name was Pearl Lenore, and her married name was Mrs Curran. Her personal education had been limited, and during the first stage of some ouija board experiments with a Mrs Hitchings, a series of messages were received from Patience Worth, who identified herself as a spirit of the seventeenth century. In the next five years Patience dictated many poems and six novels. Mrs Curran therefore became a direct voice medium, and the records of the phenomena produced are recorded in this book.

There are of course many authentic records of psychic phenomena obtained from mediums in trance and also without trance, but little, if any research has been carried out by trained and experienced psycho-analysts on these phenomena, particularly from the point of view of the development of different forms of conscious states and cognition. Freud approached the problems concerned when he recognized the existence of 'thought transference' in his essay on 'Dreams and the Occult', and he concludes that essay by making reference to the possibility of insects communicating telepathically with one another.

It seems to me that the time is ripe for research work on the evolution of psychic communication and its relationship to primitive forms of cognition.

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