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December 13, 1965

Dangers of Hypnosis

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240092041

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To the Editor:—  The hands on my wristwatch showed 1 AM as I left the elevator in a local hotel.Outside, in the hallway, several excited women waited to guide me to a room a short distance down the corridor.As I entered the room, I saw a rather frail young woman of about 25 years, lying on the floor unconscious.We lifted her to a couch and I examined her. Her heart rate and blood pressure were normal... reflexes seemed normal. Both pupils were equal but widely dilated. Her eyelids remained closed as soon as I released them. She was "shivering" as if cold. No odor of alcohol was on her breath.Mentally, I went over the causes of unconsciousness:

  • alcohol, acidosis (diabetes)

  • epilepsy

  • injury

  • opiates or other poisons

  • uremia

None of these seemed to fit the picture.I listened as some of her

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