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March 31, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):958-959. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510400036006

All through the history of medicine it has been recognized that the influence of suggestion plays an important rôle in therapeutics. The physician's assurance with regard to the significance of symptoms and as to the prognosis of the case has always been acknowledged as distinctly curative in tendency. Suggestion, however, has always been considered of secondary importance, and in the organic affections this is especially true. In recent years there have been many developments pointing to the therapeutic influence of the mind over the body whenever suggestion can be used with good effect, especially in regard to so-called functional conditions. Nearly a century ago Mesmer claimed that a number of presumably serious symptoms could be effectively cured by suggestion either in the hypnotic condition or in the waking state. In more recent times the success of mental healing and of Eddyism has called renewed attention to these facts. The frequently