What can [the reactive mind] do? It can give a man arthritis, bursitis, asthma, allegies, coronary trouble, high blood pressure and so on, down the whole catalogue of psychosomatic ills ...L. Ron Hubbard devised Dianetics in 1949. He published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (from which the above quote is taken) in May 1950. Yet, as the following series of papers shows, he was still claiming a disability allowance from the Veterans' Administration for conditions which a doctor diagnosed as no less than arthritis and bursitis. Naturally, this was not made public, but it is deeply ironic that he should have submitted his application for a further physical examination on Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation headed paper. One has to wonder why two years of Dianetics apparently hadn't alleviated his own complaints!
Discharge the content of this mind's bank and the arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomach functions properly and the whole catalogue of ills goes away and stays away.
LRH requests a physical examination, 1 May 1951 (17Kb)
Report of medical examination for disability evaluation, 27 July 1951 (26Kb)
Results of orthopedic examination, 1 August 1951 - page 1 (25Kb)
(Note Hubbard's false claims about his wartime career!)
Results of orthopedic examination, 1 August 1951 - page 2 (9Kb)
Results of gastro-intestinal examination, 1 August 1951 (31Kb)
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