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February 14, 1891

Hypnotism—Facts and Reports of Cases in the Early Experience of one of its Former Practitioners.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(7):246-247. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410590030010

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To the Editor:  Several articles have of late appeared in The Journal upon hypnotism, and there seems to be a general interest among the profession upon this subject. Though a permanent member of the American Medical Association for many years, and an attentive reader of every number of The Journal, I have never contributed anything to its columns. I come forward now and offer this communication with great reluctance and only because I deem it a duty to my professional brethren, to give them some benefit of my investigations and experience in the therapeutic application of this potent and subtle agent.In the year 1841, while an under graduate and a hospital attendant, in the ward where I was employed one of the patients was a sea captain, whose home was in an obscure New England town. This captain conceived a strong attachment for me, and when ready to leave

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