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April 27, 1901

Hypnotism and Suggestion in Therapeutics, Education and Reform.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1194. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470170040022

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The author has presented certain phases of hypnotism which are at present of special interest. These seem to be largely the psychic element in general therapeutics, what he calls "rapport" or what we should otherwise call telepathy and the ethics of hypnotism. He also gives considerable attention to the peculiar phases of medical disorders that have been reported from time to time as cases of double consciousness, of which Azam's noted case is perhaps the type. The points in which we should especially disagree with the author are the extreme views which he holds as to the therapeutic value of hypnotism, reporting as he does cases of epilepsy, neuritis and other organic diseases temporarily or permanently cured. Some of his cases reported are a little hard to credit, not as to facts as believed, but as to their interpretation. The author's views concerning "rapport," though supported by numerous stories or

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