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February 12, 1898

THE PSYCHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE LAYING ON OF HANDS AND OF HYPNOTISM.

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VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SHREVEPORT MEDICAL SOCIETY AND MEMBER OF THE LOUISIANA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(7):344-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440590004001a

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Abstract

"The smallest hurts sometime increase and rage More than all art of physic can assuage; Sometimes the fury of the worst disease The hand, by gentle stroking will appease."—Solon.

Socratic reasoning is being revived, and in the garb of Baconian induction is demonstrating particular truths and predicating general principles that astound even the learned, relegating to their proper place among the relics of barbaric times, intolerance, foolish ridicule, and impotent invective. No longer is the medical profession ready and eager to deride and martyrize a Harvey and a Jenner, nor a French Academy of Science to deny the actuality of meteorites; for science and wisdom walk hand in hand, giving to the world knowledge of universal truths, and power to observe and practice them.

Before man is in a position to take advantage of all these psychic facts that science is in some sort freeing from the mystery that

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