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Jean-Martin Charcot

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Jean-Martin Charcot

Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) was the head of the neurological clinic at the famous Saltpetiere in Paris. A leading neurologist of his day, Charcot used hypnosis to treat hysterics. From his work, he concluded that hypnosis was, in effect, an induced seizure. This was due to the fact that his hysteric patients showed epileptic-like symptoms when they were in a trance.



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