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The Destructiveness of Myths
CHARLES B. WILKINSON
Am J Psychiatry 1970;126:1087-1092.
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Professor and chairman, department of psychiatry, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City division, 600 E. 22nd St., Kansas City, Mo. 64108, and executive director, Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation

1970, American Psychiatric Association

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The fact that myths may disguise the truth makes them potentially destructive, particularly when their legends become institutionalized. The author corrects some myths about the Negro past, especially in regard to slavery. He notes that some of the current beliefs about alleged Negro inferiority are based on a presumed sociopathology and examines the fallacious aspects of some myths related to this. Further study leading to the explosion of remaining myths, he feels, can help destroy their destructive effects.

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