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HYPNOTISM:

Its History and Present Development.

By FREDRIK BJÖRNSTRÖM, M. D.,
Head Physician of the Stockholm Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, Late Royal Swed-

ish Medical Counselor.
Authorized Translation from the Second Swedish Edition.

BY BARON NILES POSEE, M. G.,

Director of the Boston School of Gymnastics. Paper Cover (No. 113 of The Humboldt Library),

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PRESS NOTICES.
The learned Swedish physician, Björnström.-Churchman.

It is a strange and mysterious subject, this hypnotism.- The Sun.
! Perhaps as concise as any work we have.-S. California Practitioner,

We have found this bouk exceedingly interesting: --California Homæpath.

A concise, thorough, and scientific examination of a little-understood subject.-Episco. pal Recorder.

Few of the new books have more interest for scientist and layman alike.—Sunday Times (Boston).

The study of hypnotism is in fashion again. It is a fascinating and dangerous study.Toledo Bee.

It is well written, being concise, which is a difficult point to master in all translations.Medical Bulletin (Philadelphia).

The subject will be fascinating to many, and it receives a cautious yet sympathetic treatment in this book.-Evangelist.

One of the most timely works of the hour. No physician who would keep up with the times can afford to be without this work.-Quarterly Journal of Inebriety.

Its aim has been to give all the information that may be said under the present state of our knowledge. Every physician should read this volume. -American Medical Journal (St. Louis).

It is a contribution of decided value to a much-disussed and but little-analyzed subject by an eminent Swedish alienist known to American students of European psychiatry.Medical Standard (Chicago).

This is a highly interesting and instructive wook. Hypnotism is on the onward march to the front as a scientific subject for serious thought and investigation.The Medical Free Press (Indianapolis).

Many of the mysteries of mesmerism, and all that class of manifestation, are here treated at length, and explained as far as they can be with our present knowledge of psychology.-New York Journal of Commerce.

The marvels of hypnotic phenomena increase with investigation. Dr. Björnström, in this clear and well-written essay, has given about all that modern science has been able to develop of these phenomena.-Medical Visitor (Chicago).

It has become a matter of scientific research, and engages the attention of some of ike foremost men of the day, like Charcot, of Paris. It is interesting reading, outside of any usefulness, and may take the place of a novel on the office table.- Eclectic Medical Jour: nal (Cincinnati).

This interesting book contains a scholarly account of the history, development, and scientific aspect of hypnotism. As a whole, the book is of great interest and very instruc; tive. It is worthy of careful perusal by all physicians, and contains nothing unfit to be read by the laity.--Medical and Surgical Reporter (Philadelphia).

To define the real nature of hypnotism is as difficult as to explain the philosophy of toxic or therapeutic action of medicine-more so, indeed. None the less, however, does it behoove the practitioner to understand what it does, even if he cannot tell just what it is, or how it operates. Dr. Björnström's book aims to give a general review of the entire subject. --Medical Record.

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Oh yet we trust that somehow good

Will be the final goal of ill,

To pangs of nature, sins of will,
Defects of doubt, and taints of blood;
That nothing walks with aimless feet;

That not one life shall be destroy'd,

Or cast as rubbish to the void,
When God hath made the pile completo;
That not a worm is cloven in vain;

That not a moth with vain desire

Is shrivel'd in a fruitless fire,
Or but subserves another's gain.
Behold, we know not anything.

I can but trust that good shall fall

At last–far off-at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.
So runs my dream: but what am I?

An infant crying in the night:

An infant crying for the light:
And with no language but a cry.

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The wish, that of the living whole

No life may fail beyond the grave,

Derives it not from what we have
The likest God within the soul?

Are God and Nature then at strife,

That Nature lends such evil dreams

So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life ;

That I, considering everywhere

Her secret meaning in her deeds,

And finding that of fifty seeds
She often brings but one to bear,
I falter where I firmly trod,

Aná falling with my weight of cares
Upon the great world's altar-stairs
That slope thro' darkness up to God,
I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope,

And gather dust and chaff, and call

To what I feel is Lord of all,
And faintly trust the larger hope.

LVI.

“So careful of the type ?” but no.

From scarped cliff and quarried stone

She cries, “ A thousand types are gone
I care for nothing, all shall go.
“Thou makest thine appeal to me:

I bring to life, I bring to death :

The spirit does but mean the breath:
I know no more." And he, shall he,
Man, her last work, who seem'd so fair,

Such spendid purpose in his eyes,

Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies,
Who built him fanes of fruitless prayer,
Who trusted God was love indeed,

And love Creation's final law

Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed
Who loved, who suffer'd countless ills,

Who battled for the True, the Just,
Be blown about the desert dust,
Or seal'd within the iron hills ?

No more ? A monster then, a dream,

A discord. Dragons of the prime,

That tare each other in their slime,
Were mellow music match'd with him.

O life as futile, then, as frail !

O for thy voice to soothe and bless!

What hope of answer, or redress ?
Behind the veil, behind the veil.

TENNYSON, In Memoriam.
(By kind permission of LORD TENNYSON.)

T'

HESE noble and solemn lines of a great poet sum up in a few

words what may be called “the Gospel of Modern Thought.” They describe what is the real attitude of most of the thinking and earnest minds of the present generation. On the one hand, the discoveries of science have so far established the universality of law, as to make it impossible for sincere men to retain the faith of their ancestors in dogmas and miracles. On the other, larger views of man and of history have shown that religious sentiment is an essential eloment of human nature, and that many of our best feelings, such as

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