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August 21, 1926


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Pasadena, Calif.

JAMA. 1926;87(8):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680080073028

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To the Editor:  —Just after reading in your issue of July 24, page 269, "A Display of Fakirism," I chanced to read in L'Illustration of July 3 a short article on "La supercherie [humbug] du fakirisme." This article, by a French scientist, M. Paul Heuzé, described the demonstration before a body of scientists and journalists in Paris of some of the same acts exhibited by "Dr. Tahra Bey," who had hat pins thrust through his cheeks and across his throat, apparently through the larynx, and who also reclined on the points of nails. Dr. Heuzé insisted that there was no anesthesia in his case. He did not swallow his tongue, go into a cataleptic state or have weights put on.These phenomena, including apparent death, burial and resurrection, are discussed in one of Robert Louis Stevenson's novels.

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