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October 16, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(7):447. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420059026

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There is certainly a need for a popular or semipopular book on hypnosis, but this current jumble of truth and speculation cannot be considered the answer from the physician's point of view. Although the author in his preface claims that the facts and rules of hypnosis are as scientific as those of chemistry, this is pure balderdash and the book cannot bear out his contention. Books on hypnosis have run the gamut from charlatan 5 cent books on how to hypnotize and conquer the world to the excellent scientific products of Bramwell and Clark Hull. Although Estabrooks is a professor of psychology at Colgate University, the material in this book does not bolster his position as an authority on the subject. He makes bald statements which are not currently believed, such as "cases of kleptomania or compulsive stealing fit into the picture of posthypnotic suggestion." He cites examples from his

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