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Half a Career with the Paranormal IAN STEVENSON

Summary: ESSAY
Half a Career with the Paranormal
Department of Psychiatric Medicine
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA, USA
To begin with a definition, the word paranormal means communication without
the currently recognized sensory processes; it may also refer to physical move-
ments without the recognized physical processes. For centuries, phenomena
now described as paranormal occurred and were described. Most historians
of the subject agree, however, that systematic inquiries about such occurrences
did not begin until 1882, when the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was
founded in London. Its founders openly stated their intention to investigate
unusual phenomena.
I am a latecomer in this field, because my activity in it did not begin until I
had already established myself in conventional psychiatry. I had had training in
that specialty and in psychosomatic medicine. My research and training enabled
me to advance in academic positions; in 1957 I was appointed professor and
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
How I reached that position requires a short digression. From birth on I suffered


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