January 1948

Narco-Analysis: A New Technique in Short-Cut Psychotherapy, A Comparison with Other Methods and Notes on the Barbiturates.

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By J. Stephen Horsley. Price, $2.50, 8s. 6d. Pp. 134. London: Oxford University Press, 1943; New York: Oxford University Press, 1944.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(1):113. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220190121016

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This brief monograph is a succinct outline of "a new technique in short-cut psychotherapy." The method, which the author began to use in 1931 and perfected in the urgency of modern war, consists in the induction of hypnosis in a patient already narcotized with barbiturates, so that he reveals hitherto repressed, emotionally traumatic experiences and becomes accessible to the physician's therapeutic suggestions. A further, deep narcosis may be added by the injection of additional barbiturates to secure a restful sleep of twelve or more hours.

The author is a pioneer in the field, and his method, variously modified by many others, has proved to be one of the popular, if not unfailingly successful, psychiatric procedures evolved during the war. His exposition in this little volume is lucid and instructive. He nevertheless makes it clear that the personal influence of the physician on the patient is of greater importance than any

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