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March 10, 1906

Psychic Treatment of Nervous Diseases.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(10):744. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510370050018

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In these days when so much has been said and is still being said in regard to suggestion in medical treatment this translation of Professor DuBois' work on the psychoneuroses and their moral treatment is timely. It differs decidedly from much of the literature on the subject that is so familiar to us. There is no claim of the virtues of hypnotism. The author's methods are not mysterious, but are based on common-sense principles, accepting as he does the amenability of a large class of diseases to mental influences rationally employed. In so far, however, as it is a protest against physical methods in these special disorders it may not command absolute agreement with its demands on the part of all its readers. Every skilled practitioner must be well aware of the value of moral treatment in many cases, and there are few, if any, who do not consciously use

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