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January 31, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(5):369-370. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310059021

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Public Exhibitions of Hypnotism Disapproved by the Academy  The general council of the department of the Meuse adopted, some time ago, a resolution in favor of prohibiting public exhibitions of hypnotism, which are usually organized by charlatans. The Academy of Medicine, on being consulted by the minister of public health, appointed a committee to study the question. Professor Claude, spokesman for the committee, drew up the report, the terms of which were unanimously approved by the academy. The report reads as follows:The committee, after taking note of the resolution passed by the general council of the department of the Meuse, considers that the exhibitions of hypnotism in public always have a bad influence. They stimulate curiosity that is inopportune, to say the least. They exalt the emotivity and the sensitivity of some persons and facilitate the development of neuroses and psychoneuroses. They awaken likewise in the minds of many

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