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Hypnosis in Medicine

Dr. William C. Shiel Jr., Chief Medical Editor of Medicinenet.com, discusses Hypnosis in Medicine

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Listen now to Dr. William Shiel discuss Hypnosis in Medicine (MP3 4:13min 1.93MB)

The following is a partial transcript taken from this audio broadcast:

"Dr. Shiel, who was the first to develop hypnosis?

Actually hypnosis was first developed in the late 1700s by Franz Mesmer. He was ostracized at the time for developing this technique of treatment and the reason for that had to do with it was felt that it was a fraudulent type of therapy. Of course later the term 'mesmerism' came into being so hypnosis was labeled as such. As we know in today's terminology, the term mesmerize -- when one is confused, is derived from the original terminology 'mesmerism'.

I've always wondered if hypnosis is harmful. Can you comment on that . . ."

Listen to the entire audio segment of Research in Perspective on Hypnosis in Medicine in this edition of / Doctors on Health /.

Read More Read Dr. Shiel's article: Hypnosis in Medicine on MedicineNet.com.

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