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November 22, 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(21):747-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410470011001d
Abstract

(Concluded from page 708.)

I wish now to say a few words from my own knowledge of the subject. My experience, has been very limited in regard to hypnotic therapeutics, and it is only as a therapeutic measure that I have any knowledge of hypnotism at all.

Some thirty years ago, about the termination of the Sepoy mutiny in India, I visited the mesmeric hospital which had been established in Cal cutta, by Dr. Esdaile, many years before my time, and witnessed a capital operation on a na tive who had been put into the mesmeric trance. On the following week I repeated my visit with the surgeon in charge ofthe hospital, and by his kindness and courtesy, I had the opportunity of performing two operations, an amputation of the thigh, and the removal of a scrotal tumor, which was found to weigh a little above fifty pounds. Both these

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