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March 21, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(12):583-584. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430640035003

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The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, in a recent issue, when commenting on the opinion which this Journal has editorially shared, that hypnotism has largely had its day in medicine, remarks: " It is a curious phenomenon that physicians of acknowledged attainments and liberality should stand aloof from a subjeet of vital scientific importance and hail its so-called decline with apparent satisfaction." It goes on to say, in effect, that while in the mind of unprejudiced observers the objections to hypnotism would probably take rank with those to vivisection, it does not intend to take up its defense, but claims for it the credit of having established a principle of mental treatment on rational grounds, and it considers the movement which began with the active study of hypnotic phenomena, " one of the most significant in the history of modern medical advance," and with this it laments that the average physician still

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