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To the Editor:—
Delineation of a problem may be made easier if a concise term is available to describe it.To say, "the one who is being psychoanalyzed," is in a sense clear enough in its meaning. But to impart the same meaning through use of the word "analysand" makes for brevity and specificity without sacrifice of clarity.To say, "the one who is being hypnotized," is also in a sense clear enough in its meaning. It would be desirable to impart the same meaning through the use of a word which makes for brevity and specificity without sacrifice of clarity.I propose to offer a word for indicating quickly, facilely, and unmistakably someone who is being hypnotized or who is in a state of hypnosis. Like analysand (and habitué) the word betokens a person of either sex. That word is "hypnote." And instead of seance or hypnotic trance, I
Schmidhofer E. Hypnote and Hypnance. JAMA. 1967;202(13):1152. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130260074022