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June 7, 1890

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(23):839-840. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410230031010

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)  Dr. Bernheim and Hypnotism—Somnal—Ambulance Service—Dr. Gervis on Puerperal Fever— The Leprosy Committee.The event in the scientific world is Dr. Bernheim's demonstration at the Hotel Dieu, that suggestion does not depend on hypnotism. Dr. Bernheim heads the Nancy school as opposed to the Paris or Charcot school. He experimented in the presence of most of the medical staff, the leading judges d'instruction, advocates, and of M. Dumas fils, who came to see to what degree his father's intuitions would be borne out. None of the patients knew anything of Bernheim nor had any idea why he came among them. Each set was taken in a different ward from the other. The Nancy scientist who first discovered this power in a common man, made suggestions to the patients in a state of natural sleep, and then to waking ones. Without trying to hypnotize them he was able

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