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July 4, 1908

A CASE OF ALTERNATING PERSONALITY.CHARACTERIZED CHIEFLY BY AMBULATORY AUTOMATISM AND AMNESIA WITH RESULTS OF HYPNOTIC EXPERIMENTS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(1):9-13. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410010009002
Abstract

All of the cases of alternating personality probably are of sufficient interest and value in the study of hysteria to merit report. This account presents a picture perhaps only slightly different from some already recorded. The patient is possessed with a neuropathic constitution and presents a group of the stigmata of hysteria including the dissociation of the personality. The experiments serve to indicate a close analogy between the hypnotic state and the hysterical lapses. On the theory that all cases of dissociated personality occur in hysterical patients, and in view of the above analogy, we may be easily led to believe that all the departures from the primary or normal personality are partly self-induced hypnotic states. The most prominent features in the case are the ambulatory automatism and amnesia, both common characteristics of these peculiar and interesting hystericals. The usual, and what seems to be the patient's normal, personality we

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