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January 1965

Hypnosis Throughout the World.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720310111022

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This is a useful volume for students of hypnosis. It includes contributions from 17 authorities residing in Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, and nine other nations. Each contributor discusses the historical development of hypnosis in his country, and the laws pertaining to its use, the attitudes of the medical and dental professions, and the teaching and research facilities available. In general, the contributors fulfill their assignments satisfactorily, giving the reader a picture of the uses and misuses of hypnosis in 17 nations.

With the exception of Lebedinskii, and possibly J. G. Watkins and G. Naruse, who write of hypnosis in the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan, respectively, the contributors agree that, in their country, hypnosis is not often used by medical practitioners and very little research is conducted on this topic by psychologists. Romero, for instance, writes that to talk of medical hypnosis in

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