Movie: The Exorcist [1973] Movie: The Exorcist [1973]

Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: [looking at Regan on the monitor screen] It looks like a type of disorder that you rarely ever see anymore, except in primitive cultures. We call it a somnambuliform possession.
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: [Regan has welts on her face and is screaming] Quite frankly, we don't know much about it except that it's starts with some conflict or guilt that eventually leads to the patient's delusion that his body's been invaded by an alien intellegence; a spirit if you will.
Chris MacNeil: Look, I'm telling you again and you'd better believe it, I'm not about to put her in a goddamn asylum! And I don't care what you call it! I'm not putting her away!
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: I'm sorry.
Chris MacNeil: You're sorry. Christ, eighty-eight doctors and all you can tell me is all of your bullshit...
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: There is one outside chance of a cure. I think of it as shock treatment. As I say, there is an outside chance...
Chris MacNeil: Will you just name it, for God's sake? What is it?
Male Doctor: Do you have any religious beliefs?
Chris MacNeil: No.
Female Doctor: What about your daughter?
Chris MacNeil: No, why?
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: Have you ever heard of exorcism?
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: [Chris looks at him baffled] It's a stylized ritual in which rabbis or priests try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's pretty much discarded these days, except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of embarrassment. It has worked, in fact, although not for the reason they think, of course. It was purely the force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession helped cause it; and just in the same way this belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.
Chris MacNeil: You're telling me that, I should take my daughter to a witch doctor? Is that it? Movie: The Exorcist [1973] Movie: The Exorcist [1973] quotes

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