Hypnosis and anesthesia: back to the future.

  title={Hypnosis and anesthesia: back to the future.},
  author={Enrico Facco},
  journal={Minerva anestesiologica},
  volume={82 12},
Hypnosis is a physiological mind activity characterized by focused attention, absorption, dissociation and plastic imagination. In the early 19th century, several hundred surgical interventions were described with hypnosis as the sole anesthetic, in an epoch when no anesthetic drugs were available; then hypnosis was prejudicially abandoned and forgotten… CONTINUE READING