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February 20, 1909

Les Merveilles de L'Hypnotisme.

JAMA. 1909;LII(8):659. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540340057025

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Bonnet gives a cursory review of the history of the subject, discusses autohypnotization, and describes the various types and common characteristics of the hypnotic states, for he holds that not one, but many such exist. He discusses the subject both theoretically and practically, and insists on the reality of nervous force as an entity. He further discusses telepathy, spiritistic phenomena, fascination, natural sleep, and that induced by drugs and anesthesia. Frankly, we do not like the title of this book. The medical profession is waging war against the "marvelous" in medicine, with its appeal to inherited superstitious instincts, but Dr. Bonnet seems to trade on the marvelous. Psychotherapy, including hypnotism, has its place in medicine, and, when the present furor has settled down, will fall into and occupy that place; but works that discuss the subject from the point of view of the "marvelous" are hardly adapted to hasten that

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