Medicine: Tests & Poison

Few psychologists and fewer psychiatrists could see any possible good in dianetics, the bestselling so-called "science of mind" concocted by science-fiction Writer L. Ron Hubbard (TIME, July 24). But no group, it seemed, wanted to be the first to denounce it publicly. Last week, the American Psychological Association decided that somebody had to do something.

At its annual meeting, the A.P.A. warned-its members not to use dianetics' weird and wonderful technique on their clients.*If psychologists want to play around with it, the association suggested, let them confine themselves to "scientific investigations designed to...