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December 1966


Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(6):665-666. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730180105014

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Interest in hypnosis had its ups and downs, the latter perhaps nowhere as marked as in France. It was there that the battle between the Salpêtrière School under Charcot and the Nancy School of Liébeault and Bernheim was fought and won in favor of the latter. With Charcot's death, the study of hypnosis was abandoned in France.

Dr. Chertok, a French physician, undertook the writing of the original edition of his book, Hypnosis to reacquaint the French medical profession with hypnosis as a clinical and research tool and to dispel misconceptions and prejudices concerning its use. The present volume is an expanded and revised translation of this very worthwhile attempt. It is a welcome addition to the growing literature on hypnosis in this country. It provides the reader with a variety of theoretical orientations and with a substantial bibliography of international scope.

The author points out that there is no

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