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September 5, 1925


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Methodik der Erzielung des hypnotischen Schlafes bei Menschen. Von August Bostroem. Methodik der Versuche über tierische Hypnose. Von Ernst Mangold. Handbuch der biologischen Arbeitsmethoden. Herausgegeben von Geh. Med.-Rat Prof. Dr. Emil Abderhalden. Abt. VI, Methoden der experimentellen Psychologie, Teil C', Heft 5. Lieferung 159. Paper. Price, 3.30 marks. Pp. 87, with 16 illustrations. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1925.

JAMA. 1925;85(10):767-768. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670100055032

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The treatment of war-time neurosis in Germany and elsewhere brought with it a revival of interest in hypnosis. Dr. Bostroem gives a simple statement of methods, confining himself largely to the technic he used under Professor Nonne. A comparison of this monograph with earlier works makes evident that the methods of hypnosis on the whole have undergone no marked change in the last decade or more. The beginner can. obtain a clear conception from this succinct presentation. The author is conservative and cautious in his statements as to what can be done through hypnosis. No mention is made of the psychanalytic conception of hypnosis. He himself has never noted any change produced in the pulse or blood pressure, respiration or the reflexes. He divides hypnosis briefly into two kinds, as characterized by subsequent memory or amnesia, and observes that catalepsy and lethargy are more to be considered as the results

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