Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation
275 Morris Ave., Elizabeth, N.J.
SPECIAL - FOR RELEASE MON. FEB. 12, 1951
Declaring that he is tired of turning the other cheek and remaining the only gentleman in what his detractors have turned into a public brawl, L. Ron Hubbard, author and founder of the new science of mental health, Dianetics, today threw down the gauntlet by issuing a challenge to the Drs. Menninger in particular and the psychiatric profession as a whole.
Long aware that organized opposition, unduly alarmed by the phenomenal spread of Dianetics, has been flailing at him “from behind the scenes and from behind the armor of their professional immunity,” even inciting to legal action against the furthering of Dianetics knowledge, Hubbard has authorized the following letter to the Menninger Clinic at Topeka, Kansas, the American Psychiatric Association, and the New York Psychiatric Advancement Committee:
“The Drs. Menninger and other vocal representatives of the psychiatric field have issued such unwarranted and unfounded statements against Dianetics, having but scant knowledge of the subject, that the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation is compelled to submit the following for your earliest possible acceptance:
“If two impartial judges will select two neurotic persons, without advice from either psychiatrists or Dianeticists, our Foundation will be happy to give them into the hands of psychiatrists for one week, with before and after psychometries of the most rigorous nature. Thereafter our Foundation will give them Dianetics processing for one week, with comparative psychometries. If the resultant psychometries prove that Dianetics has not done uniformly more for these persons than psychiatry, Mr. Hubbard will be perfectly willing to withdraw his book, ‘Dianetics,’ and admit that Dianetics is not better than psychotherapy.
“This decisive test is offered in all sincerity by Mr. Hubbard and our Foundation.”
Dianetics came into existence last May, following the publication of the book of that name by L. Ron Hubbard, who had been researching on the subject for 12 years. The book became an instantaneous best seller in the non-fiction field, and the vast interest of its readers, both professional and lay, led to the creation of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation, at Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Hubbard resided. Subsequently, at the instigation of many who came to study under Hubbard, branch foundations were opened in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Kansas City and Honolulu. Some 150 non-professional Dianetics groups and centers also formed spontaneously in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Peru, Guatemala and the West Indies. It is estimated that, professionally or otherwise, more than a million persons are today engaged in the practice of Dianetics worldwide.
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