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March 7, 1891


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JAMA. 1891;XVI(10):342-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410620018002c

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The subject of hypnotism continues to attract great attention, both in the public journals and at the meetings of learned societies. At a recent meeting of the Medico Legal Society of New York a committee made a preliminary report, and this was, at a later meeting, discussed by the members.

Dr. E. P. Thwing said: The trance sleep is not a disease, although neurotic conditions predispose to it. Nor does sensitiveness to hypnotic influence imply small brain power. Hypnotism is not necessarily productive of harm, and in many cases in medical practice has proved valuable.

There was a decided difference of opinion as to the value and propriety of public exhibitions of hypnotism. Several such exhibitions have been given in this city, some of which have attracted attention from physicians as well as from the curious and investigating public.

Dr. Paul Gibier, the well-known head of the Pasteur

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