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May 20, 1899


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JAMA. 1899;XXXII(20):1098-1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450470020001i

A general anesthesia can be brought about by proper suggestions, and this can be utilized with the happiest results in obstetric practice; I have come across the record of several cases where childbirth took place during hypnosis without the mother being aware of it and in one case refusing to believe it on awakening; in all, this has evidently been due to faulty suggestions given by persons not fully understanding the inhibitory power of hypnosis, and the best plan to pursue is in suitable cases to gauge the inhibition only sufficiently deep to produce freedom from pain or suffering, and not deep enough to cause loss of consciousness nor amnesia on waking.

This inclination or desire on the part of a hypnotized person to translate suggestions into acts through both voluntary and automatic channels is taken advantage of as a therapeutic measure for the relief of pathologic conditions. Dr. Brouardel,