Mesmer minus magic: Hypnosis and modern medicine

  title={Mesmer minus magic: Hypnosis and modern medicine},
  author={David Spiegel},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis},
  pages={397 - 406}
  • D. Spiegel
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Abstract The implications and effects of the French commission that passed judgment on Mesmer's work is examined in light of the pioneering role of hypnosis as the first Western conception of a psychotherapy, the ancient philosophical debate between idealism and empiricism, and the conflict in modern medicine between biotechnological emphasis on cure and the need for care as many previously terminal illnesses are converted to chronic diseases. The panel's report is interpreted as negative about… Expand
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