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Sept 21, 1963

Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

JAMA. 1963;185(12):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060120096048

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The author, a gynecologist, is well known as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable practitioner of hypnosis. His book rides the crest of another wave of popularity which has in the last several years brought with it numerous books and the legitimization of hypnosis in the medical curriculum by the 1961 recommendation of the AMA Council on Mental Health.

The first part of the book gives detailed descriptions of the phenomena and techniques of hypnosis. The last two thirds apply these techniques to nearly every specialty in medicine, surgery, and dentistry, and to the treatment of a wide variety of disorders. This in itself testifies to the author's zeal, which is further manifested by his ranging far afield to bring in newer ideas of neurophysiology and cybernetics, and learning theory. He has attempted to integrate all this and persuade the reader that hypnotism is a rational practice based on the subject's readiness

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