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October 1962

Medical Uses of Hypnosis: Symposium No. 8.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(4):309. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720040075012

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The principal values of this little brochure are some striking and instructive clinical vignettes by Harold Rosen, an indication by Martin Orne of the nature of his research program in hypnosis, and the gathering together in one place of the official statements on hypnosis by the American Psychiatric Association and by the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association.

The insistance throughout on dealing with hypnosis in the context of the hypnotist-subject relationship and the grounding of an understanding of this relationship in the general principles of psychodynamics is one with which no sensible person without an axe to grind could disagree. The purpose of the symposium is a little hard to discover. It is not sufficiently detailed in fundamentals for a beginner nor in new material for the initiate. The G.A.P.'s purpose in undertaking this symposium and its publication may well be, as one of the discussants

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