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The Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research

Mauskopf, Seymour H., & McVaugh, Michael R.

 By two science historians, this is a detailed account of the history of parapsychology primarily in the years 1920-1940 when parapsychology was attempting to become a profession in its own right and to gain acceptance in the scientific community. Although they begin the history with Richet and the SP, the bulk is devoted to work in the United States, with emphasis on that of the Rhines. The authors treat parapsychology as an example of how new disciplines emerge in science and how they try to become integrated with the mainstream. Thus, the book is as much about science and the attitudes of scientists (especially psychologists) toward parapsychology as it is about parapsychology itself.
Publisher Information:Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980. 368p. Chapter references; Glossary: 311; 13 illustrations; Index: 359-368
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