Injured by a False Belief

New York Herald

One of the strangest defences ever offered in a court is that made by the Edison Electric Illuminating Company, of Paterson, N. J., in a suit against it which is now on trial. The plaintiff is Berthold Frankel, a salesman, who alleges that during a storm he was struck by a falling arc light wire in Broadway, and seriously injured. He was taken to the General Hospital at the time and was a patient there for three months.

It is admitted by all the physicians who have testified that he displayed all the symptoms which usually follow such a shock, but they deny that there was any burn on his body to indicate that he had been touched by a wire. The defence is that Frankel never came into contact with the wire at all, and that his illness after the supposed accident has been due entirely to hypnotic suggestion, the patient being at one and the same time the operator and the subject.

Supplement to the Sentinel
October 19, 1899

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