May 1965

Hypnotic Induction of Anxiety: A Psychoendocrine Investigation.

Author Affiliations

By Eugene E. Levitt, PhD; Harold Persky, PhD; and John Paul Brady, MD. Price, not given. Pp 134. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Bannerstone House, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(5):527-528. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720350095018

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This slim monograph describes a five-year, multidisciplinary research project of hypnotically induced anxiety. More specifically, the authors, a psychiatrist, psychologist, and biochemist, report on their studies of the relationship between clinical and test measures of anxiety and hormonal measures of pituitary-adrenocortical activity in student nurse subjects.

After an initial introductory discussion, the authors devote a chapter each to their subjects and their methods before going on to report the specific findings of their five sequential experimental studies. In many ways these two chapters are the most useful and interesting in the book. They clarify many important issues involved in doing research of this kind. Included are thoughtful discussions of the characteristics of hypnotically produced affect states, of the nature and selectivity of volunteers, of the relation between hypnotizability and normality, and other related topics. Where the authors can provide information bearing on the issues involved,

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