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November 30, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(22):928-933. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430480006001a

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After a hundred years of obloquy, hypnotism, with some of its most important phenomena, stands to-day an accepted fact. Telepathy may be looked upon with suspicion; clairvoyance may be suffering in reputation from contact with charlatanry, but the simple hypnotic state with its conditions of lethargy, catalepsy and somnambulism, has passed from the region of doubt and hypothesis to that of a fact in mental science. It is comparatively a newcomer in the scientific world. As a wanderer—an Ishmaelite of unrecognized pedigree and doubtful reputation, it has long been heard of, but no one felt bound, and few felt inclined to make its acquaintance; but now with godfathers and sponsors of the highest respectability in the scientific world, it stands upon its rights and demands place and consideration. It is no pigmy nor weakling, this newcomer; it has thriven and grown lusty on thorns and stripes, and now it stands

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