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December 28, 1895

Defense of Hypnotism.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(26):1146. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430520032012

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Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1895.

To the Editor:  —I have read with much surprise the note to you from Dr. W. P. Howie, Oran, Mo.,published in the issue of the Journal of December 14, in which he condemns hypnotism, along with the fallacies of clairvoyance, faith cure, etc., which intelligent men know to be frauds. But, Doctor, in the light of my extensive experience in regular practice, where I have hypnotized 1,000 cases, never once having failed to produce hypnosis where I made the attempt, I must protest against such indiscriminate and uncalled for condemnation of a great remedy in many cases which can not be rationally or successfully treated by other means. If you are ready for it, I will prepare a paper for your next issue, dissecting this remarkable set of statements. Kindly advise me. Truly,

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