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February 1, 1896

Miskel, A Novel.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(5):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430570044011

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This is number 2 of the Doctor's Stories, a series of "medical" novels which we are informed will hereafter appear with regularity. The story turns largely upon hypnotism and Hindoo magic. A baby is stolen in Lucknow; the father, an English officer, also abducted. In course of time the custodian of the child becomes a resident of an Ohio town, where she astonishes the good people of that slow but altogether correct village by her wealth, her beauty, her accomplishments and her magic, and knowledge of the hypnotic art. She finally hypnotizes and ruins the only bank cashier, and runs a career of astonishing riot which finally takes her East to consult Hammond, Ranney and other neurologic luminaries; but through the doubly diabolic agency of her two Indian servants, who feed her on hasheesh, the prognostications come to naught and she seeks refuge in an inebriate asylum, only to die

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