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October 27, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(17):609-611. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400690033008

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Hypnotism; its Therapeutic Uses—Therapeutic Value of Hypnotism.

There was an unusually interesting session recently of the Neurological Section of the Academy of Medicine, when the somewhat uncanny subject of hypnotism was dispassionately discussed in a purely scientific and rational manner. The principal paper of the evening was by Dr. C. A. Herter, on The Therapeutic Uses of Hypnotism. He said the employment of this agency was attended with considerable difficulty on account of the prejudice existing against it in the minds of the profession, as well as the public; and it was perhaps impossible at the present time to arrive at any positive conclusions as to its proper place in medicine. Hypnosis resembled ordinary sleep, with the element of " suggestion " added. Suggestion was effective, however, in the waking state also, as shown in the so-called Christian Science and faith cure, as well as to some

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