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November 14, 1959

TREATMENT OF CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM BY HYPNOTIC AVERSION

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

From Howard University Medical School.

JAMA. 1959;171(11):1492-1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010290050012
Abstract

Hypnosis has been used in 24 patients with chronic alcoholism to create an aversion to alcoholic drinks. The duration of the alcoholism ranged from 3 to 34 years, and the patients were made to relive the unpleasant hang-over effects of alcohol in the hypnotic trance. During the follow-up period, which averaged nine months, four patients relapsed, one of whom has so far responded well to additional treatment. Three case histories illustrate the favorable results obtained in two men aged 45 and 53 and a woman aged 56.

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