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February 9, 1957

USE OF HYPNOANESTHESIA FOR CESAREAN SECTION AND HYSTERECTOMY

Author Affiliations

Chicago

From the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, Chicago Medical School (Dr. Kroger), and University of Illinois School of Medicine (Dr. DeLee).

JAMA. 1957;163(6):442-444. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.82970410001009
Abstract

The following report concerns what is believed to be the first cesarean section and hysterectomy ever performed with use of hypnoanesthesia per se. The entire surgical procedure was accomplished without the induction of analgesia preoperatively or the use of anesthetic agents of any type. We have described how hypnosis is used as an analgesic or anesthetic agent for labor and delivery.1

Technique  Since our patient wished to participate consciously in the entire experience, the hypnotic technique described by Schultz2 was employed. Briefly, this method requires a rehearsal of the surgical procedures to be performed. The details of the operation are described to the patient while she is in a deep hypnotic state. Rehearsal of the entire surgical procedure with the patient in the deep hypnotic state apparently "blocks" the neurophysiological pathways involved in the transmission of pain impulses. Thus, the effects of learning and experiential conditioning of the

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