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November 27, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(22):1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550220040009

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In some countries there are laws prohibiting public exhibitions of hypnotism. There should be such here. The traveling exhibitors who make their living by making fools of their fellow beings are not useful members of society. There is, in the first place, a peril in submitting oneself to another's will; and that is what the subject generally understands he is doing, though it is not by any means necessarily the fact. Another more immediate danger is shown by the recent occurrence in New Jersey—a possible direct danger to the life of the subjects. Especially is this true of such demonstrations as are reported to have been made in the case referred to, in which the operator stood on the rigid body of his subject, supported only by the head and feet. Such a performance is not suitable for a public exhibition, and we cannot think of any good reason why

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