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Advances of Modern Science by Melvin Berger

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Today," they say, "every time you are sick, it is a virus. " To hear them speak, it is easy to get the idea that viruses were invented ten or 20 years ago. Viruses, however, have existed as long as man. They may have been the first life on earth. But it was only 70 years ago that they were first discovered, and only within the last 30 years has, real progress been made in understanding what viruses are and how viruses work. Today we know that more than 100 human diseases are caused by some virus.

He knew that anything as large as a cell would have been caught in his filter. A substance, he said, could be alive and have no cell. " But exactly what is a virus? Is it a chemical fluid that has life? Or is it a living thing without a cell? Men of science began to study the mystery. Wendell Stanley (born 1904) was one of those who worked to find answers to the mystery of the virus. As a young man, he was offered one of the greatest honors—an opportunity to work at the Rockefeller Institute in New York City.

Patients were asked to let their thoughts wander and say whatever came into their minds. He wanted to hear all memories, dreams, and wishes of his patients. As they spoke, he found they remembered painful memories from the unconscious—memories that they had long kept hidden. All of us have memories that we keep hidden in our unconscious. Here is a simple experiment that will give you some idea of how deeply memories are buried. Write a list of ten words, including words such as mother, school, church, and kissing.

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