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February 13, 1960


Author Affiliations


Chairman, Committee on Hypnosis, Council on Mental Health, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1960;172(7):683-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020070041012

Hypnotic techniques can be readily taught. The only apparatus needed is the vocal apparatus physician hypnotizing the patient. But theorettheoremutually inconsistent statements are made in this field, particularly in promotional material for fixation objects and hotel-room Cases here described show that neither diagnosticering techniques nor supposedly therapeutic chronological regression with abreaction is safe in the hands of persons ignorant of psychodynaare melodramatic as successes. No one should ever treat patients on hypnotic levels for therapeutic goals or with techniques beyond the range of his usual professional competence unhypnotizedsed with due caution, however, hypnotic techniques have tremendous potentialities in med cal practice.