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May 23, 1908

Hypnotic Therapeutics in Theory and Practice.

JAMA. 1908;L(21):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530470047020

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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

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