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September 29, 1956


Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, and the Department of Surgery (Anesthesiology), University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1956;162(5):441-443. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970220005002

• Thoracotomy and resection of the lingula pulmonis was accomplished with the aid of hypnosis in a 25-year-old woman who had previously undergone a diagnostic bronchoscopy under hypnosis. The patient was hypnotized the night before the operation and again at 10 a. m. on the day of the operation. The medication required before and during the operation included 100 mg. of pentobarbital and 50 mg. of diphenhydramine hydrochloride by mouth, 100 mg. of meperidine hydrochloride and 0.40 mg. of scopolamine hypodermically, 50 mg. of thiamylal sodium intravenously to stop involuntary swallowing, 25 cc. of 1 % solution of procaine hydrochloride infiltrated into the skin before the incision, and a total of 100 mg. of succinylcholine administered as 0.1% solution by intravenous drip over a period of 45 minutes to permit control of the respiration.