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April 1961

Hypnosis in Skin and Allergic Diseases

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(4):622-623. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620040148022

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Few occupations have been exempt from the technical impact of the industrial revolution. The literary craft is one of these. All one needs is a pen and paper. Scott has used these tools rather deftly to write an admirably short (144 pages) and thoroughly pedestrian book on Hypnosis in Skin and Allergic Diseases. Not a single new idea is expressed. No experiments have been done. After ten years of experience Scott has written a private testimony of the therapeutic benefits of hypnosis. His experiences have been in no way singular. The "proof" for the good results he obtains with hypnosis differs in no way from the proofs offered by other successful practitioners who use entirely different methods for the same diseases. Scott's approach is conservative— no wild enthusiast he. The hygienic rules of the scientific method are honored; cases must be judiciously selected, hypnosis is no panacea, other useful techniques,

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