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March 7, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(10):937-942. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270370009001

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Hypnosis gains stature as serious modality of medical treatment  Hypnosis is gaining more acceptance in medical research and clinical use.But, like a lady with a lively past, it sometimes must live down previous associations—with quackery, with the stage, and with mysterious, magical myths."Go to a bookstore," suggests William E. Edmonston, Jr, PhD, of Colgate University. "Where are you apt to find the books on hypnosis? Not under 'Medicine,' but under 'The Occult.' "Dr Edmonston, who is professor of psychology on the Hamilton (NY) campus, says lay people are not the only ones to be misled by all of this. "Physicians and dentists and psychologists are human. They read and hear these things, and unless they have contact with someone working with hypnosis or they read some of the research and clinical reports, these old beliefs are maintained."As he said that, Dr Edmonston gestured toward the off-lobby