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January 18, 1913

Limitations of Suggestion in Hyperthyroidism

JAMA. 1913;60(3):226-227. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340030056026

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To the Editor  —I wish to make an emphatic protest against many of the statements found in the editorial entitled "Suggestion in Hyperthyroidism" in The Journal, Dec. 14, 1912, p. 2154, for it contains many statements given with the authority of The Journal which, if allowed to go unchallenged, afford many possibilities for harm.Apparently hyperthyroidism is no longer a field for legitimate medicine and surgery, but the door is open for the Christian Scientist, the chiropractic, the osteopath and the practitioners of all the other cults, who need only to persuade the patient that a particular "mode of treatment is likely to be beneficial," for under these conditions "there is prompt relief of most, and sometimes, it would almost seem, of all their symptoms shortly after the institution of the treatment in question."How perfectly lovely! There is no qualification to the conditions; merely persuade the patient that the

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