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February 23, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(8):265-266. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430080007001b

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As early as 1840 Dr. Lewis Prejalmini with "magnetized" paper produced the effect of cantharides. As Bjornstrom remarks, suggestion not"magnetized" paper caused the blistering. Bjornstrom demonstrates that, by suggestion, congestion may be produced, carried to raised swelling of the skin, to a blister like that of cantharides, to bloody transudation and even to complete formation of a wound. Charcot and his pupils thus produced all the phenomena of burns. Beaunis hypnotized a susceptible subject, told her that upon awakening she would have a red spot under her forearm which he tapped slightly but so as to avoid redness from pressure. Ten minutes after awakening there was evident redness at the place touched which increased in size, was visible about twenty minutes and then gradually disappeared. By suggestion Beaunis could cause the mark to remain forty-eight hours. Facachon informed a hypnotized susceptible subject that a topoalgic spot would be blistered by

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