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June 5, 1948

Hypnotherapy: A Survey of the Literature

JAMA. 1948;137(6):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890400071025

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One half century after therapeutic hypnosis was discarded by Freud, a revival of interest has occurred. The authors of this interesting and stimulating book review the literature and bring up to date the theories, indications and applicability of hypnotic procedures in psychotherapy. The volume is divided into three sections. The first portion is designed to clarify present knowledge by a survey of the literature. The second and most interesting section presents four case studies, previously published in various journals, which clearly demonstrate the methods of investigation. At the beginning of therapy free association while under hypnosis was utilized. Then the authors worked with spontaneous dreams, dreams induced by suggestion when resistance appeared or when a clearer statement of the material was desired. In addition to free association and dreams the therapists attempted to force the recall of forgotten memories. Toward the end of therapy technics under hypnosis to induce regression

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