Defeating the 'Satan worshippers': Scientology's secret war on doctors - 2021-07-01
In parallel with its overt anti-psychiatry campaign detailed in part one of our series, Scientology also conducted a covert campaign against medical doctors. As far back as the early 1950s, Hubbard had been deeply paranoid about supposed infiltration by the American Medical Association (AMA), to the point that one of his associates recalled him seeing "a spy from the American Medical Association in every student applicant, in every preclear in for processing, in every non-student customer in the FranTom Luncheonette downstairs."
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Hubbard raged to his followers about what he saw as a conspiracy against him and declared that Dianetics and Scientology would replace medicine. "Bluntly, we are out to replace medicine in the next three years," he wrote in 1952. "We are not even vaguely propitiative toward medicine or psychiatry, and we are overtly intent upon assimilating every function they are now performing."