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This book would hardly deserve notice were it not for the fact that it is clearly intended for the layman, who is not in a position to recognize its faults, and hence its dangers. A psychology based on an unscientific conglomeration of science, metaphysics, telepathy and spiritualism, can hardly be palatable to the medical man; still less will he relish the many contradictions, glaring exaggerations and misstatements. A complete list of these would require a small volume, so a few examples will have to suffice: "Anemia of the brain encourages the nutrition of that organ;" "all neurasthenics are hydrophobiacs with desiccated nerves;" fast driving of automobiles "is a recognized cause of ataxia and Bright's disease;" "experiments with condemned criminals show that a conviction of having slept in beds infected with the poison of contagious disease has resulted in the immediate assumption by the subjects of the symptoms of such disease
Hypnotic Therapeutics in Theory and Practice.. JAMA. 1908;L(21):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530470047020
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