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The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion 

The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion
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The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion
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Benjamin Ehrlich

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10.1093/med/9780190619619.003.0006
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date: 18 April 2021

Although Cajal was devoted to “the religion of the cell,” there was an apocryphal strain of thought running through his research. Before studying the brain, Cajal had explored hypnotism through his science fiction, and he confirmed the real effects of suggestibility in his psychological research. Cajal sided with the Nancy doctrine of universal suggestibility, whereas Freud was persuaded by Charcot’s demonstration that hypnosis was both a sign of illness and a treatment modality for mental illness. The career paths of Cajal and Freud would diverge permanently. Despite his interest in experimental psychology and his personal experience with hypnosis and suggestion, Cajal experienced a conversion to neurohistology that resembled an awakening. However, he never lost his interest in the workings of the mind.

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