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March 27, 1897

A Revival of the Kansas Case.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130040016

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Milwaukee, Wis., March 22, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In your issue of the 20th inst., you speak of the " Kansas Hypnotism Case" and say that it was "one of the first in which the plea of hypnotic influence had been employed by the prosecution in the criminal courts." In the Journal for June 8, 1895 (p. 903) you published a letter written by me in which the points discussed in the supreme court of Kansas were quoted and the law journal in which the case first appeared was named. It was then shown that the supreme court had nowhere, in its summing up of the testimony, mentioned the subject of hypnotism. Soon after the publication of this letter, some magazine, which I can not now recall, published an interview with the trial judge of the case; and he rather emphatically denounced the story that the plea of hypnotism was entertained

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