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May 1961

Hypnosis and Related States.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(5):527-528. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710110097015

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Gill and Brenman offered a great service to students of hypnosis in 1947 when they published their comprehensive review of the literature (Hypnotherapy, International Universities Press, Inc.). Now they extend this service by offering a distillate of their work and thinking over the years.

This is not a handbook for the novice, nor is it a guide for learning techniques. It assumes that the reader has some degree of sophistication with hypnotic techniques and some knowledge of psychoanalytic theory. This leads directly to its major weakness. Instead of maintaining the central focus on the phenomena of hypnosis and its appropriate place in the field of the science of human behavior, it puts empirical data about hypnosis into the service of defending the ego psychology of Kris, Hartmann, et al. and at the same time, pays homage to these pioneers for enabling the psychoanalytic theorist to transcend

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