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December 10, 1892

PSYCHO-THERAPEUTICS.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(24):703. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420240025005

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Abstract

This name is used to describe all therapeutics which cures by the intervention of the psychical functions of the sufferer. The first thorough study of this topic was by Dr. Haack Tuke, in which he showed the dominating influence of the mind over the body, and the possibility of curing disease by this power alone. Late authors have divided these remedies into five divisions. The first, psycho-therapy is given to all measures which oppose disease by psychical means, or the intervention of psychical functions. The second is suggestion, which is the impulse given by one mind to another. This is one of the principle processes by which changes are induced in the mind and organism of the sufferer. The third is called therapeutic hypnosis, which signifies normal sleep, induced by suggestion. The fourth means is hypnotism, which requires certain abnormal conditions, which when spontaneous are pathological, and when artificial are

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