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December 27, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(26):926. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410520010007

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To the Editor:  —I think you have done the profession a good service in bringing before it the excellent paper by Dr. Lackersteen on " Hypnotism," with the comments upon it by the able gentlemen who spoke at its conclusion. I regard as in the right line the suggestion of Dr. Lackersteen that a judicious committee be created to examine into the uses of the hypnotic state, together with its abuses also, and give public, authoritative protests against popular exhibitions of it by wandering mountebanks. As a popular affair the whole thing, in my judgment, should be stamped out as dangerous and destructive.I had occasion, some years ago, to attend some of the exhibitions given by Carpenter in Tremont Temple. He had found in his travels several facile subjects, which he took from place to place, and with whom he did his most marvelous feats. His chief dupe was a

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