Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Paranormal Doctor and His Ghostly Cures
Beginning with such revolutionary minds as Galen, this notion began to fade. A medical model replaced the spiritual model and the medical model has prevailed for thousands of years in Western society. None of this seemed to matter to Dr. Titus Bull. Dr. Bull practiced medicine in New York in the 20's and 30's and he believed that modern medicine was too short sighted in its approach to mental illness. He believed that bipolar disorder, shizophrenia, and alcoholism were all caused by possessing spirits that entered their victims through the base of the brain. He didn't think these spirits were necessarily evil or demonic. He just thought they were very confused and lost. He believed these spirits were the ghosts of the dead that needed help passing over to the other side. He treated mental illness by helping the possessing spirits cross over. He even published a book on the topic to help other physicians use similar techniques. In his book, he cites case studies and success stories. He presents arguements that his ghostly cures are the effective cures.
Dr. Bull practiced during and after the spiritualism explosion of the early 20th century. Although he was rare as a doctor, taken in context of the times his beliefs make sense. He is fascinating, however, and sometimes, when I am working with a patient who has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals dozens of times and is completely resistent to all modern medicine, I have to wonder if maybe he Dr. Bull wasn't on to something.