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October 12, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(15):526-527. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401110020004

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This seductive method of treatment is still on the increase. Its exponents are for the most part more enthusiastic than ever. The therapeutical practice of hypnotism is no longer circumscribed by the narrow confines of France. It has spread throughout Continental Europe. Its progress has not been stayed by that watery Gibraltar, the English Channel, but sailing across has laid hold upon the insular conservatism of Great Britain. It has reached Germany, Sweden and Russia. It has scaled the Alps from all sides and wellnigh taken Switzerland by storm. It is more popular in staid Holland than in France. America alone has thus far escaped—but we expect it soon as we do all widespread contagion. Let us see, then, to what we may look forward. Hypnotism, not long since wrested from the hands of charlatanism, is held as a trophy by the medical profession. What we know of it in

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