After moving to California in 1918, Wickland began to turn away from conventional medical psychology and moved toward the belief that psychiatric illnesses were the result of influence by spirits of the dead. He came to believe that a large number of his patients had become possessed by what he called "obsessing spirits", and that low-voltage electric shocks could dislodge them. His wife Anna acted as a medium to guide them to "progress in the spirit world".
Spiritualists considered him an authority on "destructive spirits", prompting Wickland to write this book.
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Dr. Carl A. Wickland M.D. (Author)
CARL AUGUST WICKLAND (1861-1945) was a 20th-century Swedish-American psychiatrist and psychical researcher.Born in Sweden, he graduated from Durham Medical College in Chicago 1900, specializing in cases of schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, addi...