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February 27, 1960

The Hypnoanalysis of an Anxiety Hysteria

JAMA. 1960;172(9):986-987. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020090098032

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During the last 100 years there have been periodic increases in interest in the subject of hypnosis. As a result of the present wave of interest, which began after World War II, numerous articles and books have been published. These publications range from excellent scientific discussions to the Bridey Murphy type of popularization. The present volume is an attempt to record what is called the hypnoanalysis of a single patient. Such reporting is always beset with difficulties, as this volume demonstrates. The technique used seems to be for the most part the induction of a trance state in which the patient believes that he is living in the past. The psychotherapeutic aspects which are ostensibly based on psychodynamic principles are questionable. Parts of the book read like a movie script. The psychotherapy seems to consist of a series of lectures on psychoanalytic psychology presented to the patient by the therapist.

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