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May 13, 1899


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JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1038-1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450460014001i

Hypnotism to-day holds a position in medicine similar to that of electricity before the day of Tripier and Apostoli, before the days of the meter and rheostat, for while the force and its therapeutic applicability are known and can be proven, yet all means of exact dosage are wanting and therapeutic success or failure seems to be in the majority of cases the result of personal experience and individual adaptability, which state of things would go far to explain the different results obtained by different men.

The knowledge of hypnotism seems to date back to the very cradle of mankind, for Egyptian and Greek priests practiced it under the name of "temple sleep," while in the sacred books of Persia and India we frequently find it referred to in the form of autohypnosis, as the following extract from the Persian "Oupneksat" will prove, where it says: "To arrive at

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