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February 1, 1913

Hypnosis And Suggestion.

JAMA. 1913;60(5):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340050063036

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The advice of Dr. Meltzer to medical students not to try to qualify themselves as psychotherapeutists is in general sound. Still one may lead with more or less profit the works of Du Bois and others which so enthusiastically advocate such methods. The present work in its English translation is the latest of this class published in this country and comes under the above-qualified statement. It is the production of one who has studied the subject, and he reports a large number of successes besides giving full references to other writers. Every experienced medical practitioner uses suggestion consciously or unconsciously, and its value is universally recognized. As regards hypnotic treatment, however, the case is different and we believe that it is probably well that if is so. One cannot help feeling a little incredulity in reading the accounts of permanent cures of chronic alcoholism and some other conditions

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