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October 16, 1937

Hypnotic Power: Its Cultivation, Use, and Application to Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1937;109(16):1305. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420065040

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This small book, from British sources, is apparently written by a layman for laymen. The author states frankly that the "book aims no higher than to be a psychotherapeutic `home doctor.' " For those who wish to learn the art of hypnotism, much information, based on actual experience, is here recorded. The author's plea that the "ordinary person" be allowed to practice hypnotism is not in accord with the best standards of medicine. There are many qualified physicians, at least in the larger medical centers, who use hypnotism as a form of treatment. The need for lay hypnotists is not so urgent as the author would have us believe.

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