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Gaither Pratt: A Life for Parapsychology

Keil, Jurgen (Ed.).

 Gaither Pratt was one of the first full-time parapsychologists and his contributions to the field were many and varied. He was J.B. Rhine's chief assistant at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University for five years. Then, at the Division of Parapsychology of the University of Virginia he solidified a position as a world-wide ambassador and leader of parapsychology. The purpose of this book is both to present details of his life and to document his contributions to the field. In a frank Introduction, Keil describes how Pratt's leadership abilities were diminished while he worked with Rhine even though he was a mainstay of the Duke laboratory. Keil also contributes a 40-page biography of Pratt. Seven of Pratt's key publications are reprinted with editorial notes. Martin Johnson's "Gaither Pratt as a Friend and Colleague," Ian Stevenson's "Gaither Pratt as a Scientist," and a bibliography of Pratt's work by Laura A. Dale, complete the volume.
Publisher Information:Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1987. 295p. Bibliography: 283-287; 3 figures; 28 illustrations; Index: 293-295; 12 tables
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