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January 23, 1904

Hypnotism. Its History, Practice and Theory.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490047020

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The subject of hypnotism is one that is always of interest. It stands on the edge of the marvelous, and on what is often considered by the scientific physician as debatable ground. Dr. Bramwell is the leading English advocate of its utility in therapeutics, and he states his side of the question very ably in the book before us. We ourselves have not the full confidence in the method that he shows, but will admit that it has an occasional utility. Its applicability in general practice is, we think, somewhat doubtful, notwithstanding the remarkable results reported by the author. Dr. Bramwell goes over the history of hypnotism very fully, but it is remarkable that he should leave out so well known a writer as Beard, whose contributions, though not numerous, are yet sufficiently noteworthy to be mentioned. In fact, the history does not include the early American investigations of the

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