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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 14, 2012


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2012;308(18):1842. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3315

Dr. J. A. Quackenbos of New York, who has from time to time enriched the field of psychiatrics by amazing if undemonstrable statements, has had the good fortune to find a Belgian woman having the power to diagnose disease at a distance; when entranced and commanded to go (in psychism) to a designated patient she can describe the latter's bodily conditions. On several occasions, being several miles away, the Belgian seeress has defined, with startling exactness, lesions of which she could know nothing. The procedure is as follows: