Thomas Walker Mitchell

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Thomas Walker Mitchell

Thomas Walker Mitchell (18691944) most commonly referred to as T. W. Mitchell was a British physician and psychical researcher. [1] He studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained an M.D. in 1906. [2]

Physician professional who practices medicine

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Parapsychology Study of paranormal and psychic phenomena

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Mitchell wrote on medical psychology and psychopathology. He was a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the Psycho-Medical Society. He was also member of the Society for Psychical Research and was elected as President for the year 1922. [1] He edited the British Journal of Medical Psychology.

Psychopathology is the scientific study of mental disorders, including efforts to understand their genetic, biological, psychological, and social causes; develop classification schemes (nosology) which can improve treatment planning and treatment outcomes; understand the course of psychiatric illnesses across all stages of development; more fully understand the manifestations of mental disorders; and investigate potentially effective treatments.

British Psychoanalytical Society

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He studied cases of hypnosis and somnambulism. [3] [4]

Hypnosis purportedly special psychological state with certain physiological attributes

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  1. 1 2 Wright, Maurice B. (1945). Thomas Walker Mitchell, 1869–1944. British Journal of Medical Psychology 20: 203-206.
  2. Mitchell, Thomas Walker (1906). "Amnesia verbalis and other disorders of memory".
  3. Review: Psychology And Psychical Research. Reviewed Work: Medical Psychology And Psychical Research by T. W. Mitchell. The British Medical Journal . Vol. 1, No. 3250 (Apr. 14, 1923), p. 635.
  4. Hall, G. Stanley. (1923). Reviewed Work: The Psychology of Medicine by T. W. Mitchell. The American Journal of Psychology . Vol. 34, No. 2. p. 298.
  5. Gordon, R. G. (1928). Review of T. W. Mitchell 'Problems in Psychopathology. Journal of Philosophical Studies 3: 122-123.