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June 1951

Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses: A Clinical Psychologist's Casebook.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;65(6):792. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320060135018

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Abstract

This is a report of psychotherapy done by the author while working in the neuropsychiatric division of an Army convalescent hospital during World War II. The men whose treatment is described in the case studies were combat veterans who broke under the stress of war and needed individual therapy. They received this treatment in a "special treatment company." Hypnosis was used as an integral part of their treatment. The cases were selected to illustrate the different forms which war neuroses may take and the evaluation of therapeutic "attacks" which were necessary to bring about improvement. The case reports are presented for their interest to other clinical psychologists and to the professional student of hypnotherapy. The author seems to have stopped studying Freud's work with "Studies in Hysteria." The book proves what long has been known, that neurotic sickness which is chiefly based on the mechanism of repression can be symptomatically

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