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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hypnotism, educational uses of. (search)
Hypnotism, educational uses of. Dr. R. Osgood Mason, who has given much attention to experimental psychology, contributes the following article on this phase of hypnotism. It can no longer be doubted by those who are conversant with the subject that hypnotism is a fact and has come to stay. Its phenomena are too abundant and too easily observed; it has already proved of too great utility; and too many wellknown scientific men have pronounced in its favor and are busy working out its numerous problems, to admit of its experiencing any serious decline or permanent retrograde movement. In its domains two immense fields of investigation are already open and are assiduously cultivated; one is the field of therapeutics—the amelioration and cure of diseased conditions; the other is the field of psychology—the relation which hypnotism bears to mental action and the clews which it gives to strange and important phenomena which have long been misunderstood or else altogether igno
Mason, Rufus Osgood Born in Sullivan, N. H., Jan. 22, 1830; graduated at Dartmouth in 1854; surgeon in United States navy 1861-64; author of Telepathy and the subliminal self, etc. See hypnotism, educational uses of.