Karagulla, Shafica (1914–ca. 1986)
Medical doctor and psychiatrist who took a special interest
in psychic perception. Karagulla was born on June 28, 1914, in
Turkey to a Christian family. She was educated at the American
School for Girls in Beirut, Lebanon; the American Junior College
for Women, Beirut; and the American University of Beirut
(M.D. and surgery degree, 1940). She went on to specialize in
psychiatry in Scotland, where she took her residency at the
Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders.
She was awarded the Walter Smith Kay Research Fellowship in
Psychiatry and the Lawrence McLaren Bequest by the University
of Edinburgh. During this period she reported unfavorably
on the effect of the then-fashionable electric shock therapy. In
1948 she was awarded the D.P.M. by the Royal College of Physicians
of Edinburgh, one of the highest medical qualifications
in Britain.
In 1952 she visited the neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield at McGill
University, Montreal, to discuss the investigation of hallucinations
by electrode probes. Later she was associated as consultant
psychiatrist with the work of Penfield on temporal lobe
epilepsy and the study of hallucinations by electrical stimulation
of the brain. In 1956 she moved to the United States as a
practicing physician and joined the faculty of the State University
of New York as an assistant professor in psychiatry. She also
became an American citizen.
After reading the book Edgar Cayce Mystery Man of Miracles
(1961), by Joseph Millard, she became interested in psychic research
and sought subjects with abilities similar to Edgar
Cayce’s for study. She spent several years researching what she
called ‘‘higher sense perception’’ and published her findings in
the book Breakthrough to Creativity (1967). Her book was warmly
received in university circles. She moved to Beverly Hills, California,
and founded the Higher Sense Perception Research
Foundation. With her associate Viola P. Neal she taught courses
in higher sense perception at the University College of Los Angeles.
Karagulla developed an affinity for theosophical teachings
and a special interest in the psychic ability of theosophical
leader Dora Van Gelder. Karagulla died March 12, 1986.
Sources
Bolen, J. G. ‘‘Interview Shafica Karagulla.’’ Psychic 4, no. 6
(1973).
Karagulla, Shafica. Breakthrough to Creativity Your Hig