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Hypnotism in Operations

The "Revue Me'dirale de TEsfc," recently recorded a case in which hypnotic sleep, for the purpose of performing a painful surgical operation, was induced by M. Bernheim, of Nancy, in December last.

Tho patient, a girl of twenty-one, was suffering from psoas abscess, and on being taken to the operating theatre, went to sleep on the instant, and the abscess cavity was .thoroughly scraped put, about sixteen niihut'es being thus occupied, the patient meanwhile singing in obedience to an order of the surgeon,. She rcmeni: bered nothing of the circumstances on being afterwards questioned. Completely successful as was this case, M. Bernheim does not regard hypnotism .as capable of replacing chloroform or ether in respect of long operations, stating that "hypnotic sleep could , hardly replace,.chloroform anesthesia for an operation occupying any great length of time, because the surgeon is exposed to the danger of seeing his patient awake by- auto-suggestion -at the very moment when such an occurrence is least desirable." x ,

j Apropos of hypnotism, at a sitting of the Municipal Council the other day, M. Despres put a question, concerning the advisability .of performing hypnotic„experiments upon patients in certain of the Paris hospitals before a non-medical _atteijd£ncoj IVJj Deppr^ inquired moreover what steps might be taken to prevent the reports of such cases being published by the Press! Tile Director 'of Public Assistance replied that in future only physicians and their pupils ''would' be allowed to be present at' experiments' of: 'this ' nature, but that as to forbidding the publication of\nccounts of/ the same in the daily journals,;that'seemed a matter of impossibility.

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Hypnotism in Operations, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890

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Hypnotism in Operations Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890

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