September 28, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390035008

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Word comes to us from Utah that an attempt is there being seriously made, presumably under the local governmental auspices, to reform criminals by hypnotism. Evil is to be eradicated and moral tendencies instilled into the criminal by passes and suggestions; whether the criminal has a will to be moral or not, he is to be made so. On the other hand, there comes from Germany the proposition to cure sexual perverts by the same means, but the foreigner is either less hopeful or more immoral, in that he proposes to substitute a less repulsive style of immorality for the existing tendencies of the subjects. He is perhaps a little less extravagant, if he is also less respectable in his ideas than the Utah practitioner, but it is hard to see why they are not almost equally irrational.

Hypnotism ought to be understood by the people and by medical men

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