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November 20, 1948

Medical Hypnosis. Volume I: The Principles of Hypnotherapy. Volume II: The Practice of Hypnotherapy

JAMA. 1948;138(12):928. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120070028

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This book represents probably the most thorough, comprehensive, up-to-date exposition on the history, technic, applications and therapeutic goals of hypnosis published up to the present time. In the preface to volume I, the author states: "Few therapies in the history of medicine have enjoyed simultaneously such widespread acclaim and such universal condemnation as has hypnosis. To some extent these opposing attitudes still prevail. However, recent years have witnessed advances in experimental and therapeutic hypnosis which have tended to establish hypnotherapy firmly as a scientific treatment method.

"... The teaching of any psychotherapeutic method is best achieved by personal observation and practical experience. For this reason, the manner of presentation in these volumes is somewhat unique. A considerable portion of Volume One is devoted to a step-by-step description of the induction process, illustrating various induction methods by excerpts from transcriptions of actual hypnotic sessions. There is a didactic discussion of the principles

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