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November 15, 1890

THE SCIENTIFIC ASPECTS OF MEDICAL HYPNOTISM, OR TREATMENT BY SUGGESTION.Read before the Chicago Medico-Legal Society, October 4, 1890.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL PHYSICS AND ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS; CHICAGO POST-GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.

JAMA. 1890;XV(20):704-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410460004001a
Abstract

Mr. President and Gentlemen:

Of all the extensive additions made to modern therapeutics nothing seems to have attracted so much general attention as hypnotism.

Of all modern remedial measures hypnotism has secured perhaps the most numerous, zealous, and competent investigators: and yet it is without doubt the least popular with the profession. Since the time when chloroform was first employed as a means of reducing the pain of childbirth, nothing has occurred in the history of medicine of so revolutionary a character as the use of hypnotism. Nothing has excited at once so much expectation, apprehension, horror, hope, credulity and skepticism as the voluminous writings of the savants who have pursued hypnotic researches during the last eight or ten years; and yet it is by no means a new invention or discovery.

We are told that the practice of hypnotism dates far back into almost prehistoric times; and under various

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