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August 1966

Hypnotically Induced Facsimile of Pain

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and the Institute of Respiratory Physiology, Firland Sanatorium, Seattle (Dr. Martin).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):198-204. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140086014

THERE have been many studies showing that hypnotic suggestion of emotion is followed by physiologic and psychologic change. However, the effectiveness of hypnosis in faithfully reproducing actual events appears to be a relatively neglected field of study. The work of Graham et al1 and Stern and co-workers2 demonstrated that it was possible to reproduce specific attitudes and the related physiologic change associated with different diseases in normal subjects. Studies by Cobb and associates3 have shown that the physiologic and psychologic response to hypnotic suggestion of exercise is similar to that of actual exercise. In previous studies4,5 similar results were obtained during psychophysiologic studies of the respiratory system with the use of hypnotic suggestion, nonhypnotic suggestion, and naturally occurring events. From this work and that mentioned above it was thought that the suggested experience closely parallels the actual experience. However, no direct

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