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Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the 1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a History Professor at The University of Arizona for seven years where he visited Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.

A Modern Day Case of Demonic Possession
by Stephen Yulish PhD


Posted: 00:15 March 15, 2008

A Modern Day Case of Demonic Possession

I just ran across this case study in the February 2008 issue of the New Oxford Review Vol. LXXV, Number 2. What was so intriguing about it was not only the valiant attempt to document an alleged 'clear cut case of demonic possession', but more importantly to me at least was the scientific qualifications of the researcher. Richard Gallagher MD is not only a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Hawthorne, NY but also is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College and on the faculty of Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute as well for a Roman Catholic Seminary. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University magna cum laude in Classics and was trained in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.

He is the only American psychiatrist to have been a consistent US Delegate to the International Association of Exorcists. As those of you have read my other articles know all too well, I am no fan of the Catholic Church and many of its erroneous manmade doctrines so this recommendation of Dr.Gallagher's findings should be accepted with all that much more credibility. All that my article means to do is to point out a modern day case of demonic possession as revealed by a learned psychiatrist. It does not, however, deem the peculiar exorcist practices of the Catholic Church to be necessarily valid or the most acceptable in treating this possession.

Dr.Gallagher is keenly aware of the many fraudulent instances of so-called demonic possession and clearly distances his case from them. He speaks not only of people with obvious psychological problems but also as well of some prominent televangelists who use this concept to bilk their flocks. His case of a woman, who they call "Julia", however, is one that he describes as showing "that the devil, however rarely, may indeed attack by possession an individual". Julia was raised a Roman Catholic and not only had fallen from the graces of the church but had become an avowed Satanist. She not only exhibited obvious signs of demonic possession including going into a trance and speaking with another voice but she also exhibited 'special occult powers'.

Dr. Gallagher maintained that all the facts presented in this case study were true and verified by multiple and highly credible individuals. "Julia" went herself to local clergy complaining that she was being attacked by a demon or Satan and asked for an exorcism. After being referred to Dr. Gallagher, she was examined by him and found to be 'logical, intelligent and even engaging at times' but definitely was not found to be psychotic.


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