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October 22, 1955

HYPNOTISM IN PREGNANCY AND LABOR

Author Affiliations

Chicago

Assistant Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois Medical School, and Attending Physician, Chicago Maternity Center.

JAMA. 1955;159(8):750-754. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960250012004
Abstract

The manifold phenomena of hypnosis are being intensely studied today by physicians, surgeons, dentists and clinical psychologists to build a new science from the foundation of an ancient art. With psychoanalysis and psychosomatic medicine still meeting with some resistance by the medical profession, hypnotism, quite naturally, is receiving an even more critical examination. Yet, it is in relation to these specialties that it is of the greatest therapeutic value. Hypnotism, at the present time, is also receiving considerable studied application in obstetrics. The purpose of this presentation, therefore, is to evaluate and discuss its use, advantages, and disadvantages in obstetrics in selected patients and to briefly review its history in medicine. Our knowledge of the motivations behind human behavior is still inadequate to explain all of the complexities of mental dysfunction. The lack of understanding of the phenomena of hypnosis strongly emphasizes our deficiencies in this regard. Plainly, this invites

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