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September 25, 1897

PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPEUTICS.

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DULUTH, MINN.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):625-627. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390015002e

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Abstract

Last year, in a paper before this Section, I gave somewhat in detail a description of the various states of disordination accountable for psychic phenomena, designated by a variety of terms, significant for the present purpose by the possibility of their utilization in the department of therapeutics, and with this end in view I also cited a number of cases, illustrating beneficial results obtained in widely different affections by fixation of attention and suggestive therapeutics. At this time, therefore, I desire to eliminate discussion of elements of doubt and skepticism, together with confusion of terms and difficulties of definition that lead away from the practical side of the subject, and deal as directly as possible with the difficulties some nine years' experience have shown me must often be overcome to successfully administer this treatment.

In view of the fact that more or less wonderful cures have been effected through mental

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