Hubbard was longtime opponent of psychiatry - 1997-02-21

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F15.png Hubbard was longtime opponent of psychiatry February 21, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

The roots of Scientology's opposition to psychiatry date to 1950, one month after Hubbard published Dianetics, a self-help book that provided the basis for the Scientology religion, which Hubbard launched in 1954.

According to Scientology literature, psychiatrists "on government payrolls" were calling Dianetics a hoax even though they hadn't read it. The church contends these critics were concerned that psychiatrists would lose millions of dollars in government money when people realized that Dianetics could solve their mental and emotional problems "for only the price of a book."


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