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July 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(3):131-134. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430810015001e

I conceive it to be your desire to have a plain statement of the uses and limitations of suggestion, and I shall confine myself to this conception. To those of you who desire a more comprehensive statement of the psychologic side of the subject I refer to my paper read last year before the Neurologic Section of this Association.1 In this paper I shall avoid as much as possible the misnomer hypnotism, as we shall see later on that often curative effects of suggestion are produced without inducing hypnosis. To anyone familiar with modern pathology the limitations of the therapeutic uses of suggestion will be readily understood. To those familiar with the trend of modern psychology its application for harmful effects will be fully appreciated. In treating patients by suggestion it is necessary to remember one fundamental factor, i.e., the subjective state of the patients. Without this latter condition

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