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Hypnosis In The Relief Of Pain - Ernest R. Hilgard

Paperback Published: 1st March 1994
ISBN: 9780876307007
Number Of Pages: 312

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Reissued by Brunner/Mazel Publishers, this universally acclaimed volume ? based on both experimental studies and clinical practice ? provides a remarkably well?rounded examination of the application of hypnosis to pain relief. Written by a psychologist and a psychiatrist noted for their expertise as both practitioners and researchers, the book illustrates how hypnosis can significantly alleviate the pain of childbirth, medical or dental surgery, burns or other accidental injuries, cancer, and chronic syndromes. With over 600 references covering the field of modern research into the mechanisms of pain, the authors convey a thorough understanding of findings and limitations of available empirical studies. Yet the book remains exceptionally clear and non?technical and will appeal not only to professionals involved with pain reduction but to lay people as well. The Hilgards address a broad spectrum of topics relating to hypnosis and pain, ranging from an historical review to a consideration of future areas for investigation. They thoughtfully tackle the controversy still surrounding the nature of hypnosis ? is it an altered state of consciousness or a pattern of behaviour adopted by both subject and hypnotist? The concluding section presents the Hilgards' neo?dissociation theory of hypnosis as well as a highly useful technique for assessing susceptibility in clinical situations. Pain has been called the greatest unsolved problem in medicine. Hypnosis in the Relief of Pain, with its honest and complete appraisal of the role of hypnosis on pain reduction, will contribute significantly to the understanding and broader use of this noninvasive and natural healing phenomenon.

Foreword to the 1994 Edition
Foreword to the 1983 Edition
Pain and Hypnosis
Hypnosisp. 2
Painp. 27
Controlling Painp. 47
Hypnosis in Pain Controlp. 63
Hypnosis and Clinical Pain
Cancerp. 86
Obstetricsp. 103
Surgeryp. 120
Dentistryp. 144
A Perspective on the Hypnotic Control of Pain
Hidden Pain and Its Interpretationp. 166
The Future of Hypnosis in Pain Controlp. 188
Supplement to the First Edition
Recent Developments in the Knowledge of Hypnosis and Painp. 210
Appendix I. Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale (SHCS)p. 238
Appendix II. The Availability of Hypnotic Servicesp. 251
References and Index to Authors of Works Citedp. 253
Indexp. 286
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ISBN: 9780876307007
ISBN-10: 0876307004
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st March 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1