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October 1956

A Scientific Report on "The Search for Bridey Murphy."

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(4):453. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330280111013

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Abstract

Since Mr. Morey Bernstein has written a headline-making book for public consumption entitled "The Search for Bridey Murphy," his fantasies have stirred up the lay public to even greater imaginations regarding the possibility of reincarnation. More than that, many psychiatrists have been besieged for their opinions by the public and have encountered numerous requests for hypnotic treatment. It is, therefore, a happy circumstance that six members of The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis quickly compiled an authentic scientific report on "The Search for Bridey Murphy." The authors are all serious and experienced investigators in the field of hypnosis. They consider the problems of medical hypnosis, of reincarnation, of the relationship between the hypnotist and his subject, of ostensibly supernatural phenomena, and the meaning of hypnotic behavior. They have produced an outstanding work, which adequately refutes the naïve assertions of the inexperienced Bernstein. They adequately describe his need to imitate

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