Interesting Facts About Hypnosis

IN VIEW of the countless volumes that have been written about the history of hypnosis, it would be pointless for me to attempt a capsule history in this book. A few historic highlights that have had an effect on the teaching and learning of hypnosis do, however, have a place here. A couple of hundred years ago, a Viennese physician named F. A. Mesmer watched a street magician perform an act with lodestones, or magnets. The magician declared that he could make a spectator do his bidding by...

Conditioning For Hypnotic Delivery And Surgery

NOT very long ago, a medical report contained the statement that only twenty-five percent of expectant mothers can be aided by hypnotic delivery The experience of our doctors has shown that every woman who enters the delivery room can be helped, to some degree at least, by hypnosis, and in many of them complete freedom from discomfort can be obtained. Some doctors report success in over ninety percent of their cases. Not every doctor has this high percentage of success but a surprisingly large...

The Esdaile State

THERE is a book by Doctor George Bankoff, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, entitled The Conquest of Pain, and subtitled, The Story of Anesthesia. In Doctor Bankoff's work is a report about a physician named Pien Chiao. Doctor Chiao, who lived about twenty-three centuries ago, claimed that two men visited him one day and he gave them a drink which reduced them to unconsciousness for three whole days. Doctor Chiao penned this fantastic description of the incident Then I operated on them...

Misconceptions Reasons and Beginnings

P ESPITE the efforts of scientific writers and researchers, hypnosis has been wearing a cloak of mysticism for centuries. The very term hypnosis, derived from a Greek root word meaning sleep, is misleading. Hypnosis is related to sleep as night is to day and is no more like it than night is like day. If you will put aside all preconceived notions and examine hypnosis clinically, you will find that it doesn't look, or behave, as you thought it would. The way it does behave makes this phenomenon...

Twofinger Eyeclosure Method Semantics of Hypnosis

THE two-finger eye-closure method is the fastest technique ever devised for obtaining hypnosis. It is a development of the Doctor H. Bernheim and Doctor Liebault technique used seventy years ago. They used it in its ten-minute format, but the method is equally effective when made to work instantaneously. Because results are obtained so quickly, it might be thought that the technique produces only light hypnosis. On the contrary, there are reports by hundreds of doctors in medicine, psychiatry...

Countless Methods Of Induction

THE ways of inducing hypnosis are almost countless. And while some methods take longer than others, they can all be used to produce the deep state known as somnambulism. A student of Mesmer's, one Marquis de Puseygur, discovered the state of somnambulism by accident. Like Mes-mer, he used a supposedly magnetic tree. One day, he found that a young boy had tied himself to this tree. As the Marquis watched, the boy slowly closed his eyes and apparently fell asleep. The Marquis, extremely...

Hypnosis As An Adjunct To Chemical Anesthesia

THE most learned man in the history of medical hypnosis was Doctor Henry Munro, who lived and practiced in Omaha, Nebraska, at the turn of the century. In 1900 there was practically no preoperative medication. There was very little to alleviate surgical shock. Even today the average person faces surgery with apprehension, but in 1900, the situation was much worse. One in four hundred people died on the operating room table as a result of the anesthesia not the surgery. The fears of patients...

Stuttering

THERE is no such thing as a congenital stutter. A stutter or stammer must be precipitated. Over the years, many doctors have brought stutterers to class in the hope that through various techniques we would be able to help them. It is pitiful to see a youngster trying to speak and only able to utter a word after extreme effort, but it is equally distressing to meet a woman in her thirties or forties who has the same problem as the little boy or girl. Everytime I see one of these patients, I feel...

Applications Of Waking Hypnosis

A SPECIALIST in radiology once told me that he was hesitant to use waking hypnosis in preparing patients for barium enemas. Though he considered the barium enema to be radiology's most unpleasant procedure, he felt that the approach I suggested amounted to deceiving the patients. He usually told them, I have to put you through a procedure that isn't very comfortable, but I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I contended that he was telling patients a lie, since the procedure doesn't have to be...