By Rog Phillips (Roger Phillip Graham, 1909-65).
First appearance: Fantastic, November-December 1953.
Reprinted in Fantastic (UK), February 1954 and Fantastic, July 1967.
Short story (16 pages).
Online at SFFAudio HERE (PDF).
"If the late Rog Phillips was right — in this thoroughly absorbing glimpse of psychiatry 21st-century style — then our great-grandchildren may well see a day when flu epidemics end with a wise word to the men behind 'Little Orphan Annie' and when M.D.'s are subordinated to psychodiagnosticians like Dr. Hugo Bard, who on one notable occasion — this one — not only forestalled a poten-tial murderess but also simultaneously exposed a perfect murder which no one committed!"It's a world where seemingly innocent words can betray homicidal tendencies and being born again can save two lives.
~ Dr. Hugo Bard: "Here, in a way, he was royalty. Every successful surgeon since the beginning of time knows the feeling, and lives for it. The surgeon is a king, his subjects the internes and nurses, his kingdom the incarnate manifestations of his specialty."
~ Mable: "Better have your head examined, doc."
~ Nancy: "Mr. David Green just canceled his appointment for today. He has the flu."
~ David Green: ". . . everything indicates he has murder on his mind."
~ Capt. Jim O'Conner: "When the city fathers hand down orders that you medics can forecast crime I'll help you. Until then I can't do a thing . . ."
~ Mrs. Gorham: "Eventually she might have shot her husband for dropping ashes on the rug or something just as monumental."
~ Dr. Allan: "Last time I'll play second fiddle to a psychodiagnostician."
~ George Davis: "Not too intelligent, but well adjusted to his body-type and station in life."
~ Mary Davis: ". . . a sixty-forty personality."
~ Dr. Arden: "Good lord, man, do you realize what an enormous task it would be to contact five thousand doctors in one afternoon?"
mind (and how much of those) you (as well as the people around you) are willing to have edited or excised.
- Wikipedia HERE - The SFE HERE - The ISFDb HERE - FictionMags HERE - A few works by Rog Phillips are at Project Gutenberg HERE - A list of 50 mind control movies at Listal HERE - Wikipedia ("Gestalt psychology") HERE and ("Word Association - Psychology") HERE.
- It wasn't too long ago that we dealt with futuristic psychiatry HERE.
The bottom line: "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
— The Bible